Skip to comments.CIA missed chances to thwart al-Qaida
Posted on 08/21/2007 1:27:11 PM PDT by STARWISE
The CIA's top leaders failed to use their available powers, never developed a comprehensive plan to stop al-Qaida and missed crucial opportunities to thwart two hijackers in the run-up to Sept. 11, the agency's own watchdog concluded in a bruising report released Tuesday.
Completed in June 2005 and kept classified until now, the 19-page executive summary finds extensive fault with the actions of senior CIA leaders and others beneath them.
"The agency and its officers did not discharge their responsibilities in a satisfactory manner," the CIA inspector general found.
"They did not always work effectively and cooperatively,"
Yet the review team led by Inspector General John Helgerson found neither a "single point of failure nor a silver bullet" that would have stopped the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
The CIA and the National Security Agency tussled over their responsibilities in dealing with al-Qaida well into 2001. Only Tenet's personal involvement could have led to a timely resolution, the report concluded.
The report recommended forming accountability boards for the CIA Counterterror Center chiefs from 1998 to 2001, including Black.
Although 50 to 60 people read at least one CIA cable about two of the hijackers, the information wasn't shared with the proper offices and agencies. "That so many individuals failed to act in this case reflects a systemic breakdown.... Basically, there was no coherent, functioning watch-listing program," the report said. The report again called for further review of Black and his predecessor.
While blame is heaped on Tenet and his deputies, the report also says that Tenet was forcefully engaged in counterterrorism efforts and personally sounded the alarm before Congress, the military and policymakers. In a now well-known 1998 memo, he declared, "We are at war."
The trouble, the report said, was follow-up.
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Hmmm ... no mention of Clinton, Berger, Able Danger.
It's from the AP... Oh and BTW Clinton at least TRIED to get Bin Laden! Well at least according to Clinton.
More and more I wonder... just what the heck do we give all that money to the CIA for?
Come on, that's all in the past. Besides it's just about sex. And if it weren't for you right wing nuts trying to impeach him why Bill Clinton could get on with the business of America. It's actually Bushes fault that Bill Clinton couldn't stop Al Queda.
That's right. Karl Rove and his VRWC were out planting stories about BC for years and he got so distracted that that whole Al Queda thingy just slipped right out of his mind quicker than you can slip a cigar into a young intern.
So you see, it's not Bill Clintons fault....
(I don't really need to point out that the above was sarcasm, do I?)
Thanks tons, STARWISE. I have been looking for something on this.
And after all that attention that Bill Clinton gave his CIA chief ... why, he met with him what, at least twice during his 8 years in office?
In a statement, CIA Director Michael Hayden said the decision to release the report was not his choice or preference, but that he was making the report available as required by Congress in a law President Bush signed earlier this month.
“I thought the release of this report would distract officers serving their country on the front lines of a global conflict,” Hayden said. “It will, at a minimum, consume time and attention revisiting ground that is already well plowed.”
How in heck will the release of this report affect officers in the field, unless Congress plans to use it for more so-called “hearings”, of activities that took place six years ago.
Quote: “The CIA’s top leaders failed...to stop al-Qaida ...in the run-up to Sept. 11...”
UNDER BILL CLINTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Say it! Say it! Under Bill Clinton!!!
Oh, Bill was the greatest. Just ask Richard Clarke.
These people have no credibility.
“Clintonista strategy ... kick the can down the road.”
Clintonista strategy - Don’t do anything, and then lie about it later.
Inside Able Danger The Secret Birth, Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death of a U.S. Military Intelligence Program
“Shaffer said Able Danger was begun in 1999 at the request of General Hugh Shelton, then the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and under the direct supervision of General Pete Schoomaker, then the commander of the Special Operations Command (SOCOM), based in Tampa, FL. Shaffer described how he was personally recruited to the newly-created unit by General Schoomaker.
After briefing the CIAs representative stationed at SOCOM headquarters, and explaining that Able Danger would not be
competing with the CIAs own separate mission to find and
kill Osama bin Laden, Shaffer was surprised by the CIA reps stern resistance to sharing any information, said Shaffer.
I clearly understand the difference, the CIA rep told him, according to Shaffer. I clearly understand. Were going after the leadership. You guys are going after the body.
But, it doesnt matter. The bottom line is, CIA will never give you the best information from Alex Base or anywhere else.
CIA will never provide that to you because if you were successful in your effort to target Al Qaeda, you will steal our thunder. Therefore, we will not support this.
And who goes after despicable, arrogant, self-serving cretins like him and makes THEM pay for their treasonous and devastating obstructionism?
The war on Weldon (former Rep. Curt Weldon, involved in helping Anthony Shaefer in Able Danger) gets scarier, part I
“In no case, however, has this collaboration of progressive forces acted with more diabolical efficiency than in that of Weldon. Regardless of any charges that may be filed against him, Weldon committed only one unforgivable crime: Investigating the intelligence failures of the Clinton era.
As to specific counts, Weldon wrote an exposé of the CIA’s performance prior to Sept. 11, “Countdown to Terror”, which won him few friends in that overly politicized agency. (Read Rowan Scarborough’s excellent “Sabotage” to understand the CIA role in the Democratic collaboration).
More provocatively, in June 2005, Weldon revealed that Clinton administration attorneys had intervened to stop the “Able Danger” group in the Defense Intelligence Agency from initiating preventive actions against two of the Sept. 11 terrorists.
Payback began in 2004 when the Los Angeles Times ran a series on members of Congress whose family members lobby or work as consultants.
The Weldon family member in the spotlight was his daughter, Karen Weldon. In 2002, the then 28 year old had co-founded Solutions North America, a business consultancy along with a millionaire entrepreneur named Charles Sexton.
That much said, as the Times also acknowledged, “Congressional ethics rules provide few barriers to the practice. They do not forbid members of Congress from helping companies or others who are paying their relatives.”
The House Ethics Committee, in fact, cleared Weldon of any wrongdoing.
That was not clearance enough for the mischief-makers from CREW. Its executive director, Melanie Sloan, petitioned the Justice Department to investigate Weldon and determine whether the congressman had violated a federal bribery law. This petition, once executed and amplified, would spell the end of Weldon’s career.
Sloan had been recruited just the year before by a pair of wealthy Democratic activists, Norman Eisen and Louis Mayberg. Sloan, then an assistant United States attorney in Washington D.C., saw the potential in their brainchild, signed on and nurtured CREW to life.
In principle, CREW was to function as something of a counterweight to Judicial Watch, the D.C.-based conservative watchdog group. CREW describes itself, in fact, as nonpartisan. Its presumed target “government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests.”
In reality, however, CREW has emerged as something of a dirty tricks operation for a truly worrisome cabal known as the Democratic Alliance.”
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