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  • Bill Clinton, Hours Before 9/11 Attacks: 'I Could Have Killed' Osama bin Laden

    08/01/2014 1:06:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8/1 | Dan Good
    Hours before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, former President Bill Clinton told an audience in Australia about his missed chance to kill attack mastermind Osama bin Laden, according to audio released this week. Clinton was speaking at a business meeting in Melbourne when the topic turned to terrorism. “I’m just saying, you know, if I were Osama bin Laden ... He’s a very smart guy. I spent a lot of time thinking about him. And I nearly got him once,” Clinton said in the audio, which was recorded by former Liberal Party head Michael Kroger and aired by Sky News. “I...
  • Bill Clinton On 9/10/01: ‘I Could Have Killed’ Bin Laden

    07/31/2014 12:34:29 PM PDT · by bkopto · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/31/2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    Just hours before the planes crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, former president Bill Clinton was in Australia telling businessmen that he “could have killed” Osama Bin Laden during his presidency, but chose not to, MSNBC reports. “I nearly got him,” he says on newly-released recordings of the September 10 meeting. “And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him. And so I didn’t do it.” Michael Kroger, one...
  • Obama’s Iraq War Crime: A Missed Opportunity to Transform the Muslim World

    06/24/2014 4:25:02 AM PDT · by FredDardick · 31 replies
    Political Kryptonite ^ | June 24, 2014 | Fred Dardick
    George Bush had much bigger plans for Iraq than simply killing Saddam Hussein, securing his WMDs and handing over control of the oil rich nation to whatever remained of the Ba’ath Party once hostilities ended. Some might consider him naive, but Bush believed that a modern Iraq, one that respected minority and woman’s rights, one ruled by the rule of law rather than the rule of the mullahs, could act as a catalyst in the Muslim world bringing Judeo-Christian values and justice to hundreds of millions who lived their lives in Islamist chains. It was an audacious goal, one that...
  • Losing the Room [Dowd on Obama]

    09/18/2013 6:38:52 AM PDT · by Third Person · 44 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 17th, 2013 | MoDowd
    WASHINGTON — On the most deadly day here since Sept. 11, 2001, with the capital reeling over the sadly familiar scene of a mass shooting by a madman, the chief executive stepped to the microphones and captured the heartbreak. It wasn’t the chief executive of the nation. It was Dr. Janis Orlowski, the chief operating officer of MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where three of those injured were being treated. “There’s something evil in our society that we as Americans have to work to try and eradicate,” she said, her voice stoic but laced with emotion. President Obama also gave a...
  • Cleveland police hit with claims of missed clues after 3 women freed

    05/07/2013 5:41:11 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 68 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 5/7/2013
    One neighbor says a naked woman was seen crawling on her hands and knees in the backyard of the house a few years ago. Another heard pounding on the home's doors and noticed plastic bags over the windows. Both times, police showed up but never went inside, neighbors say. Police also paid a visit to the house in 2004, but no one answered the door. Now, after three women who vanished a decade ago were found captive Monday at the peeling, rundown house, Cleveland police are facing questions for the second time in four years about their handling of missing-person...
  • UK DAILY MAIL: Saudi Arabia warned USA IN WRITING about Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2012, and rejected....

    04/30/2013 7:49:12 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 193 replies
    Drudge ^ | 4/30/2012 | Drudge
    BOMBSHELL: Saudi Arabia warned USA IN WRITING about Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2012, and rejected his application for an entry visa to visit Mecca in 2011... Developing...
  • Boston Bomber Could Have Been Deported After 2009 Arrest

    04/19/2013 7:52:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 19, 2013
    Updated 4 p.m. Friday related to arrest versus conviction issue: One of the Chechen terrorists who carried out the Boston Marathon bombings could have been deported years ago after a criminal arrest and/or conviction and the other was granted American citizenship on the 11th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the 26-year-old killed in a wild shootout with police, was a legal U.S. resident who nevertheless could have been removed from the country after a 2009 domestic violence arrest and conviction, according to a Judicial Watch source. That means the Obama administration missed an opportunity...
  • Whoops! Obama's FBI Let Boston Bomber Go Two Years Ago

    04/19/2013 3:38:38 PM PDT · by kristinn · 75 replies
    CBS News via Twitter ^ | 6:30 p.m. EDT Friday, April 19, 2013
    JUST IN: FBI amends earlier assertion to Bob Orr that they had no prior contact with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the bomb suspect killed in standoffFBI now acknowledges they interviewed Tsarnaev 2 years ago at the request of a foreign country about possible extremist tiesThey maintain that they did not find any derogatory information about him and closed the file. FBI expected to issue a statement shortly
  • Sexism May Have Played A Role In Why The Clinton Administration Never Caught Bin Laden

    11/03/2012 5:18:27 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Oct. 25, 2012, | Geoffrey Ingersoll
    Michael Scheuer was the razor sharp, burly Buffalo native who the Central Intelligence Agency chose toBusinessrun the bin Laden squad in 1995. According to a recently released book, "The Finish," written by "Black Hawk Down" author Mark Bowden, Scheuer oversaw what he believed to be the first ever inter-CIA unit completely dedicated to locating a single individual. The unit, called "ALEC Station" after Scheuer's son, employed 27 people, most of them women. I've personally heard of the unit called, "Scheuer's Harem," and in Bowden's book, some agents around Langley (home of the CIA) started calling it "The Manson Family," because...
  • Wisdom Cries Out; The Olympic Opening

    Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:(Proverbs 1:20)What a privilege and opportunity for any nation to be able to host an Olympics. The opening ceremony is a unique opportunity to display the glories of the host country. But that would presuppose that the presenters actually believe in the validity of their own national story. IÂ’ve been told that an unprecedented one billion people around the world witnessed this yearÂ’s London opening ceremony. I also was eager to see how the narrative of the nation of Shakespeare, Donne, Churchill, the Puritans, Wilberforce and countless other of the remarkable...
  • Obama Missed a Fast-Break Opportunity in Libya

    03/23/2011 5:13:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
    As someone who supported a Libyan no-fly zone from the earliest days of what once seemed like a revolution but now looks like a civil war, I have to admit that Operation Odyssey Dawn may be a perfect example of being careful about what you wish for. To use a metaphor suitable for March Madness, Obama blew the fast break. The president, an avid hoopster, should understand the reference. In basketball, a fast break is when the offense brings the ball down the court as quickly as possible so the defense doesn't have time to set up. It's all about...
  • NJ Gov.: Delaware 'missed opportunity' for Senate

    11/07/2010 10:54:51 AM PST · by Perdogg · 88 replies
    AP ^ | 11.07.10
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the Senate race in Delaware was "a missed opportunity" for his fellow Republicans to pick up the seat long held by Democrat Joe Biden.
  • The Lord's Earthquake Warning (LDS Devotional)

    03/03/2010 7:37:25 PM PST · by Ripliancum · 6 replies · 785+ views
    Meridian Magazine ^ | March 2, 2010 | Sister Lisa Laycock
    President Larry Laycock and his wife, Sister Lisa Laycock head the Santiago Chile East Mission and had spent the two weeks prior to the 8.8 earthquake visiting each missionary apartment and preparing them for an earthquake. Here's why. "Nearly two-and-one-half weeks ago, I was awakened at around 4:00 AM by just such a prompting. I did not hear a voice, but the thought was as clear as if it had been in the form of spoken words: "There is going to be an earthquake. Prepare your missionaries." I sat up in bed and immediately remembered Elder Scott's counsel. That morning...
  • Did Obama Miss a Great Opportunity by NOT Visiting Rush Limbaugh in Hawaiian Hospital?

    01/02/2010 6:49:18 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 97 replies · 4,071+ views
    Self | January 2, 2009 | PJ-Comix
    Barack Obama once again proved he has a tin ear for politics when he did NOT visit Rush Limbaugh in the hospital. With his low approval ratings, Obama could have done himself a lot of good by visiting Rush who was nearby in the Hawaiian hospital. Too late now. Obama missed a great opportunity to help himself. This just demonstrates his poor ability at politics at even a personal level.
  • Missing Our Moment in Iran. Lose/lose proposition will please neither side [Victor Davis Hanson]

    07/02/2009 5:01:14 AM PDT · by Tolik · 16 replies · 768+ views
    NRO ^ | July 2, 2009 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Obama’s policy is a lose/lose proposition that will please neither side Last month, hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the streets to protest a rigged presidential election. Our president was extremely cautious in his initial criticism of the Iranian government’s fierce crackdown against the protestors. At first, President Obama said that the United States — given our history in Iran — should not be “meddling” in the country’s internal affairs. Obama suggested that the leading opposition candidate, the reformer Mir-Hossein Mousavi, might not be that different from the entrenched theocracy’s choice, the incumbent (and declared winner of the...
  • Obama's Missed Opportunity in Iran

    06/19/2009 8:16:32 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 9 replies · 335+ views
    The American Thinker Magazine ^ | 6/19/09 | By Joel B. Pollak
    One of the most under-reported facts about the Iranian uprising this week is that the regime has been using foreign paramilitaries to attack pro-democracy demonstrators in the streets of Tehran. Many are apparently drawn from the Iranian-trained Hezb'allah in Lebanon. Buried in a Jerusalem Post article on President Obama's response to the crisis was the revelation that Hamas thugs are on the streets of Tehran as well: Another protester, who spoke as he carried a kitchen knife in one hand and a stone in the other, also cited the presence of Hamas in Teheran. On Monday, he said, "My brother...
  • Obama's missed opportunity in Cairo

    06/07/2009 3:40:58 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 1 replies · 454+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 6/7/09 | Jeff Jacoby
    PRESIDENT OBAMA went to the Middle East, he said, to speak frankly and forthrightly about the issues that bedevil America's relations with the Muslim world. "Part of being a good friend is being honest," he had said in an interview just before his trip. He warned his Cairo audience that he intended to be blunt. "We must say openly the things we hold in our hearts and that too often are said only behind closed doors," he declared, so he was going to "speak as clearly and plainly as I can." About some things, the president was indeed direct. He...
  • The Importance Of Age And Experience: A Clinton Catalog Of Missed Opportunity

    09/11/2008 5:08:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 127+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 11, 2008
    Another of our youngest presidents, Bill Clinton, was 46 when sworn in and became the first Democrat since FDR to serve two terms.Born in Arkansas, educated at Georgetown University and a graduate of Yale Law School, he was also a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. He had weaknesses as well as strengths but was popular with the average man and woman, and especially with minorities. He was a smart politician and a great salesman whose way with words earned him the nickname of Slick Willie when he was governor of Arkansas. The economy was strong during Clinton's term, benefiting in no...
  • Tapscott: GOP missed opportunity in Capitol Hill rebellion

    08/02/2008 11:33:27 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies · 133+ views
    hotair.com ^ | August 3, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    Yesterday Republicans around the nation cheered when their beleaguered minority House caucus seized the floor and refused to leave after Speaker Nancy Pelosi adjourned the chamber without a debate on expanding domestic oil production. Pelosi ordered the lights and the cameras off, but Republicans extended their protest rally with the darkness a perfect allegory for Democratic inaction on energy. As the protest grew and media coverage expanded, Pelosi made a huge mistake in ordering Capitol Hill police to evict the Republicans from the building. And Mark Tapscott argues that the Republicans made a mistake in complying: Yes, the House GOPers...
  • Driver told FBI agents U.S. could have killed bin Laden

    07/26/2008 8:26:24 AM PDT · by Entrepreneur · 92 replies · 314+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | July 25, 2008 | Carol Rosenberg
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — In his seventh of month of U.S. captivity, Osama bin Laden's driver told a pair of FBI agents that it was America's fault that the al Qaida leader was alive. The message was, ''You had these opportunities, America. You didn't do anything,'' FBI agent George Crouch Jr. testified Friday at Salim Hamdan's war crimes trial. The United States could have killed bin Laden in Khartoum, Sudan, before he moved to Afghanistan in 1996, Hamdan told his interrogators. They could have killed him after al Qaida's 1998 twin bombings at the U.S. Embassy bombings in...
  • Obama and Moral Courage--missed opportunities to take on his church's anti-Israeli positions

    06/04/2008 11:38:29 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 11 replies · 153+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | June 25, 2007 | Ed Lasky
    This past weekend, Barack Obama passed up two key opportunities to stand up and be counted when it comes to making good on his campaign themes of bringing people together, healing, and fighting cynicism. But instead of action to realize his proclaimed goals, all we got was slippery evasion and bland talk. If you think Obama can be a leader, examine his brhavior this past weekend and draw your own conclusions. Background While many Christians, notably the evangelical community, are deeply supportive of Israel, the leaders of a few Christian church groups in America have issued anti-Israel resolutions over the last...
  • Clinton: An Opportunity Lost?

    03/27/2008 12:58:12 PM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 12 replies · 947+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | March 27, 2008 | Rich Lowry, Ann Coulter, Nicholas Kristof, et. al.
    Hillary Clinton has a solu tion to her Tuzla problem - let's talk about Rev. Je remiah Wright some more. On the day after the CBS News aired video making a hash of Sen. Clinton's claim to have landed "under sniper fire" in Tuzla, Bosnia in 1996, she raised for the first time the issue of Barack Obama's relationship to Rev. Wright. In this, she followed a Clinton family pattern so well-established it's almost boring: Misrepresent the truth as convenient - then, when caught, go on the offensive.
  • Obama blew it..What the candidate should have said about race.

    03/20/2008 12:48:01 PM PDT · by milwguy · 9 replies · 639+ views
    layimes ^ | 1/20/2008 | michael meyers
    Tim Rutten's column, "Obama's Lincoln moment" and The Times editorial, "Obama on race" both miss the mark. In my considered judgment as a race and civil rights specialist, I would say that Barack Obama's "momentous" speech on race settled on merely "explaining" so-called racial differences between blacks and whites -- and in so doing amplified deep-seated racial tensions and divisions. Instead of giving us a polarizing treatise on the "black experience," Obama should have reiterated the theme that has brought so many to his campaign: That race ain't what it used to be in America. I waited in vain for...
  • Obama blew it; What the candidate should have said about race

    03/20/2008 7:21:30 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 13 replies · 952+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 20, 2008 | Michael Meyers
    In my considered judgment as a race and civil rights specialist, I would say that Barack Obama's "momentous" speech on race settled on merely "explaining" so-called racial differences between blacks and whites -- and in so doing amplified deep-seated racial tensions and divisions. Instead of giving us a polarizing treatise on the "black experience," Obama should have reiterated the theme that has brought so many to his campaign: That race ain't what it used to be in America. [snip] In fact, I'd say that considering the nation's undivided attention to this all-important speech, which gave him an unrivaled opportunity to...
  • Aide: Clinton Unleashed bin Laden

    12/06/2001 8:07:54 AM PST · by ex-Texan · 100 replies · 1,512+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 12/6/2001 | Chuck Noe
    Aide: Clinton Unleashed bin Laden Chuck Noe Bill Clinton ignored repeated opportunities to capture Osama bin Laden and his terrorist allies and is responsible for the spread of terrorism, one of the ex-president’s own top aides charges. Mansoor Ijaz, who negotiated with Sudan on behalf of Clinton from 1996 to 1998, paints a portrait of a White House plagued by incompetence, focused on appearances rather than action, and heedless of profound threats to national security. Ijaz also claims Clinton passed on an opportunity to have Osama bin Laden arrested. Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir, hoping to have terrorism sanctions ...
  • U.S. Spy Chief: 9/11 'Could Have Been Prevented'

    09/18/2007 10:14:11 PM PDT · by ZacandPook · 66 replies · 1,767+ views
    ABC ^ | September 19, 2007
    Director of National Intelligence Says U.S. Didn't Connect Available Information
  • Bill Clinton’s Dismal Record on Terror

    09/08/2007 2:17:59 PM PDT · by PilloryHillary · 19 replies · 1,115+ views
    The Hillary Project ^ | September 8, 2007 | Kathy Miller
    One year after the first World Trade Center bombing, in 1994, Bill Clinton hushed up a federal report that warned of possible terrorist strikes, including how hijackers could use airliners to hit landmarks such as the Pentagon or White House. The Clinton administration never released "Terror 2000" to the public, purportedly because of concerns in the State Department it would cause panic. The Sept. 17, 2001 story by UPI Pentagon correspondent Pam Hess said the report, not only outlined the changing face of terrorism but also seemed to predict the scope and timing of the attacks carried out against the...
  • Clinton's Bin Laden GATE - Mother of all Scandals

    10/19/2001 2:35:16 AM PDT · by Republican_Strategist · 78 replies · 2,820+ views
    The Conservative Majority ^ | Oct. 19, 2001 | Republican_Strategist
    CIA Officials Reveal What Went Wrong – Clinton to Blame Report: Clinton Nixed Hit on Bin Laden Cheney: U.S. Will Drop Clinton-Era CIA Restrictions Clinton Blames CIA for Implementing His Own Spy Restrictions Bill Clinton, the Appeaser, Still Off-Limits Judicial Watch: Clinton IRS Turned Blind Eye to Terrorists Clinton Blew Chance to Arrest bin Laden Gingrich, Morris Slam Clinton for bin Laden Failure CIA Leak to NewsMax: More Bad News Bill Clinton's 80-hour Gap Trulock: Security Lapses Are Clinton's Fault Clinton Pities Poor, 'Good' Terrorist Zillionaires Clinton in No Rush to Probe Past Intelligence Failures Olson Book's Chilling Warning: Clinton's ...
  • Larry King to Bill Clinton: ‘You Almost Got Him’ [Bin Laden] (Barfer)

    09/06/2007 10:22:32 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 27 replies · 1,031+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 09/06/2007 | Matthew Balan
    Bill Clinton’s appearance on Wednesday’s "Larry King Live" gave new life to the old nickname for CNN as the "Clinton News Network." Host Larry King fawned over Clinton during the 40-minute interview, asking the impeached former president questions on wide range of topics. King asked Clinton if Osama bin Laden was ever going to caught. After Clinton gave the standard Democrat line that not enough resources are being sent to Afghanistan in the hunt for the al Qaeda leader, King added, "You almost got him." Clinton answered affirmatively, and added that he "never had a chance to deploy large numbers...
  • CIA Missed Chances to Tackle al-Qaida

    08/26/2007 8:00:15 AM PDT · by VxH · 24 replies · 954+ views
    Associated Press - Military.Com ^ | August 22, 2007 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - It took an act of Congress to force the CIA to lift the veil on its watchdog's internal investigation that lays out the agency's many failures in the months and years before Sept. 11, 2001. Three CIA directors disparaged the document. Multiple requests under the Freedom of Information Act collected dust. Finally, on Tuesday, with the clock ticking on Congress' 30-day deadline to release the report, CIA Director Michael Hayden reluctantly caved in. Completed in June 2005, the report lays out in greater detail what has long been known: The CIA's top leaders failed to use their available...
  • The Report the CIA Didn't Want You to See (Bubba busted lying... again)

    08/23/2007 4:10:39 PM PDT · by Names Ash Housewares · 22 replies · 1,643+ views
    PMSNBC ^ | Aug 21, 2007 | Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20381551/site/newsweek/ In September 2006, during a famous encounter with Fox News anchor Wallace, Clinton erupted in anger and waived his finger when asked about whether his administration had done enough to get bin Laden. “What did I do? What did I do?” Clinton said at one point. “I worked hard to try to kill him. I authorized a finding for the CIA to kill him. We contracted with people to kill him. I got closer to killing him than anybody has gotten since.” Clinton appeared to have been referring to a December 1999 Memorandum of Notification (MON) he signed that...
  • Shocka of the Day: Did Clinton Lie about Targeting Bin Laden?

    08/23/2007 10:02:50 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 62 replies · 2,454+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 8-23-07 | Rick Moran
    Shocka of the Day: Did Clinton Lie about Targeting Bin Laden? Rick Moran If there is one thing that the Inspector General's report on CIA accountability regarding 9/11 has highlighted, it is the utter failure of the Clinton Administration to come up with a strategic plan to deal with Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda. Despite all the testimony from Richard Clarke and others - including the President himself - that they agressively went after Bin Laden and the terrorists, it turns out that the IG at the CIA didn't think very much of their efforts. In fact, the report seems...
  • It Wasn't All The CIA's Fault

    08/22/2007 5:38:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 692+ views
    IBD ^ | August 22, 2007
    Intelligence: A highly critical CIA report details the spy agency's failings during the 1990s in preventing the 9/11 attacks. But as the report makes clear, the Clinton administration also deserves a big piece of the blame. The scathing look into the CIA's many failures before 9/11 makes for some depressing reading. The CIA at various times knew information that it didn't pass along to others, or ignored things it should have paid closer attention to. The headlines tell it all. "CIA missed chances to tackle al-Qaida." "Head of CIA 'failed to stop' al-Qaida's 9/11 attacks on America." "C.I.A. Lays Out...
  • CIA Missed Chances to Thwart al-Qaida

    08/21/2007 4:30:35 PM PDT · by SERKIT · 15 replies · 768+ views
    AP via Comcast News ^ | 8/21/07 | KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON - 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," the...
  • C.I.A. Details Errors It Made Before Sept. 11 (Jan. 2000 CIA knew of two hijackers)

    08/21/2007 7:54:42 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 27 replies · 715+ views
    NY Times ^ | 8/21/2007 | MARK MAZZETTI
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 — A report released Tuesday by the Central Intelligence Agency includes new details of the agency’s missteps before the Sept. 11 attacks, outlining what the report says were failures to grasp the role being played by the terror mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and to fully assess the threats streaming into the C.I.A. in the summer of 2001. The 19-page report, prepared by the agency’s inspector general, also says that 50 to 60 C.I.A. officers knew of intelligence reports in 2000 that two of the Sept. 11 hijackers, Nawaf al-Hamzi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, may have been in the...
  • CIA Missed Chances to Tackle al-Qaida

    08/21/2007 11:11:12 PM PDT · by parousia · 7 replies · 520+ views
    AP/comcast news ^ | 7-21-07 | Katherine Schrader
    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 did not always work effectively and cooperatively." The executive summary says U.S. spy agencies, which were overseen by Tenet, lacked a comprehensive strategic plan to counter Osama bin...
  • On Tape, Clinton Admits Passing Up bin Laden Capture; Lewinsky Played Role (Link to recording)

    09/10/2006 3:34:40 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 84 replies · 3,338+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 9/10/06 | NewsMax
    Bill Clinton denies it now, but he once admitted he passed up an opportunity to extradite Osama bin Laden.And NewsMax has the former President making the claim on audiotape. [You can listen to the tape yourself -- Click HereClinton's comments and his actions relating to American efforts to capture bin Laden have taken on renewed interest because of claims made in a new ABC movie, the "Path to 9/11," that suggests Clinton dropped the ball during his presidency. Clinton has also angrily denied claims the Monica Lewinsky scandal drew his attention away from dealing with national security matters like...
  • Clinton And 9-11

    09/08/2006 5:07:50 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 51 replies · 1,740+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 8 September 2006 | Staff
    It’s understandable the Clintonistas and President Clinton are upset about the two-part ABC miniseries “The Path to 9/11” to be broadcast Sunday, concluding on the fifth anniversary of the al-Qaida attack on America on Monday. Based on the 9-11 commission report and ABC News correspondent John Miller’s book, “The Cell,” the film strips away the conventional wisdom that somehow the fledgling Bush White House was responsible for 9-11 through neglect or indifference. The film strips bare the Democratic talking points, exposing them for the fraud they are, accurately depicting the chances the Clinton White House missed to kill or capture...
  • Missed Opportunities to Capture Osama bin Laden [Complete List Of Bubba's Missed Chances]

    09/08/2006 6:55:01 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 17 replies · 1,467+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Sept. 8, 2006 | Dave Eberhart
    On Sept. 11, 2006, America marks the anniversary of the most devastating attack on our homeland since the Civil War. NewsMax.com presents a special series of articles to commemorate this event, to remember the innocent and to honor the brave heroes of that fateful day. Read our complete coverage Click Here Now. WASHINGTON -- The authors of the 9/11 Commission magnanimously reported: "We write with the benefit and handicap of hindsight. We are mindful of the danger of being unjust to men and women who made choices in conditions of uncertainty and in circumstances over which they often had little...
  • The path to 9/11 (Barone review. Link to movie trailer. Clinton passes on chances to get OBL.)

    09/01/2006 5:28:05 PM PDT · by frankjr · 77 replies · 3,096+ views
    U.S. News ^ | 8/24/06 | Michael Barone
    Last night I attended a screening of the first half of The Path to 9/11 a film that will be broadcast by ABC in two three-hour segments on September 10 and 11. Two and one-half hours is a long time to sit still watching a film, but this one was gripping and tension-filled and visually dazzling. ... One gripping scene shows Massoud's forces--and CIA agents surrounding bin Laden's encampments and then being called back when National Security Adviser Sandy Berger refuses to give a go-ahead for the operation. That scene, according to 9/11 commission Chairman Thomas Kean, an adviser to...
  • Israel's Lost Moment

    08/21/2006 7:08:42 PM PDT · by Kenny Bunk · 42 replies · 1,385+ views
    Washington Post On Line ^ | August 4, 2006 | Charles Krauthammer
    Israel's Lost Moment Israel's leaders do not seem to understand how ruinous its disappointing performance in Lebanon has been to its relationship with America. At critical moments in the past, Israel has indeed shown its value. In 1970 Israel saved King Hussein and the monarchy of Jordan. In 1982 they shot down 86 MiGs in one week without a single loss, revealing Soviet technological backwardnesss. Hezbollah's unprovoked attack on July 12 gave them our green light to defend themselves; an act of clear self-interest, because America needed a decisive Hezbollah defeat. Hezbollah is a wholly owned Iranian subsidiary, making Islam...
  • Australia: A battle lost in war on terror

    08/20/2006 8:36:49 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 349+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 20, 2006
    Jack Thomas's freedom is a victory for our enemies THAT Jack Thomas has had his terrorism conviction quashed by a court will please those who wish to see the law used as a weapon in the service of their ideological objections to the national defence effort in the war on terror. But it is a defeat for common sense and Australia's national security. And al-Qa'ida and its allies will interpret it as showing that Australia is intellectually enervated and incapable of understanding how serious the terror threat is. It is easy to argue that the quashing of Mr Thomas's conviction...
  • Mike Wallace Misses Opportunity to Unveil Iranian Leader Says AJC

    08/14/2006 5:30:17 AM PDT · by zippy the razor · 13 replies · 723+ views
    US News Wire ^ | August 13, 2006
    "It is a shame that the venerable Mike Wallace was so determined to secure this interview that he failed to recognize that he and CBS would inevitably be used skillfully by the Iranian leader," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "Known as a tough interviewer, Wallace this time around proved inexplicably passive, perhaps hypnotized by his own unexpected fascination with the Iranian leader. As a result, he failed, among other things, to press President Ahmedinejad on his long trail of damning quotes on Jews and Israel, as well as to challenge the Iranian leader on his support of Hezbollah and...
  • FAA missed chances to get 9/11 hijackers

    03/22/2006 8:13:28 PM PST · by DallasMike · 9 replies · 439+ views
    Stingray: a blog for salty Christians ^ | March 22, 2006 | Michael McCullough
    CNN is reporting that steps could have been taken to stop the suicide hijackers of 9/11 if Zacarias Moussaoui had told investigators about his al Qaeda ties. Robert J. Cammaroto of the Transportation Security Administration said the Federal Aviation Administration could have banned short-blade knives if they had known terrorists were planning to use them to overtake flight crews.Cammaroto's three-hour appearance in the death penalty proceeding was meant to bolster prosecutors' arguments that airlines could have sufficiently tightened aviation security if Moussaoui, after he was arrested in August 2001, had told authorities about al Qaeda's plan to hijack and crash...
  • Bin Laden's phone

    12/31/2005 2:18:38 AM PST · by airedale · 8 replies · 1,287+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/30/05 | Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough
    Bin Laden's phone There's been a lot of press this month about the U.S. missing a chance to catch Osama bin Laden because he stopped using a satellite phone in August 1998. While some Clintonites and President Bush blamed the press for writing that he used such a phone, we thought there was another plausible reason: August 1998 was when the U.S. tried to kill bin Laden in an air strike. Such events would likely make the terrorist leader change his methods. Anyway, we came across a speech, delivered in April 2002, that reveals the U.S. continued to gain valuable...
  • Time Should Have Honored an Unheralded Person of Year

    12/23/2005 6:21:24 AM PST · by rhema · 33 replies · 916+ views
    Human Events ^ | Dec 22, 2005 | Marvin Olasky
    Time did well in selecting Bono plus Bill and Melinda Gates as its charitable Persons of the Year, but I wish it had also put a non-celebrity -- maybe a volunteer Katrina relief worker -- on its cover. It would have been good to honor one of the 9,000 Southern Baptists from 41 states who volunteered 120,000 days during the two months after the hurricane hit. During that time, they served 10 million meals and pushed forward cleanup and recovery efforts. Or how about someone from the Salvation Army: Those folks served nearly 5 million hot meals and over 6.5...
  • 9/11 Commission - A land of missed oppotunities

    12/08/2005 8:16:16 AM PST · by K-oneTexas · 4 replies · 252+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 8, 2005 | Debra Saunders
    9/11 Commission Blew Their Chance By Debra Saunders It's truly a shame that the panelists on the 9-11 commission were such self-important windbags -- their 41 recommendations, they never fail to remind, were (all bow) "unanimous and bipartisan" -- that they blew their chance to make this country safer. Don't' get me wrong. Washington has been unconscionably slow in doing the practical things needed -- such as providing a radio spectrum for emergency first-responders -- to make America more secure. The panel also was right to criticize the Senate for larding a homeland security spending bill with pork. That said,...
  • Of War, Peace and Other Pastimes

    11/01/2005 8:31:09 PM PST · by DoughtyOne · 8 replies · 292+ views
    My own thoughts... | 11/01/2005 | DoughtyOne
    The Republican Party has had over ten years to get it's act together, after taking control of the House and the Senate of the United States.  For around five years, Congress had to combat what some people might term 'a mafiosa type individual' serving as Commander in Chief.  Whether you or others agree with that, the fact is that the Congress had it's hands full countering the incumbent president.  Still, come victories were won. Investigations came and investigations went.  At least some of them were so poorly run, that people on the street knew more about the facts of the...
  • Saying What Needs To Be Said

    09/23/2005 10:51:27 AM PDT · by ConservativeAgenda · 10 replies · 621+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 09/22/2005 | Newsmax
    "The terrorists saw our response to the hostage crisis in Iran, the bombings in the Marine barracks in Lebanon, the first World Trade Center attack, the killing of American soldiers in Somalia, the destruction of two U.S. embassies in Africa and the attack on the USS Cole," Bush noted, after getting an update on the war on terror at the Pentagon. "The terrorists concluded that we lacked the courage and character to defend ourselves and so they attacked us," the president added, in quotes picked up by United Press International.
  • CIA videos reveal the missed chances to kill Bin Laden

    09/03/2005 8:47:20 PM PDT · by Valin · 38 replies · 3,113+ views
    The Times ^ | 9/4/05 | Yosri Fouda and Nick Fielding
    Wrangles stopped arming of plane PREVIOUSLY unseen footage of Osama Bin Laden taken by a CIA spy drone reveals how close the Americans came to killing the Al-Qaeda leader two years before the September 11 attacks. The pictures were filmed by a Predator unmanned aircraft and show Bin Laden, in white robes, with a small group of followers at a training camp near Khost in eastern Afghanistan at the end of 1999. The drone was one of the first to be used in Afghanistan by the CIA, but because of bureaucratic wrangles it was unarmed. The pictures, thought to be...