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  • 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 thwart al-Qaida

    08/21/2007 1:27:11 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 62 replies · 1,570+ views
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | 8-21-07 | 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 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," *snip* Yet the...
  • Secret papers show U.S. concern about Pakistan backing Taliban before Sept. 11

    08/16/2007 8:21:36 PM PDT · by Clive · 1 replies · 407+ views
    Associated Press via Sun Media ^ | 2007-08-16 | Rohan Sullivan
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Newly declassified intelligence documents reveal the depth of U.S. officials' concern that Pakistan was providing funds, arms - and even combat troops - to the Taliban in Afghanistan for years before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. They also show rising frustration at what U.S. officials called Pakistan's "resistance and/or duplicity" toward Washington's repeated requests for help in persuading the Taliban to hand over accused terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. A top official at one point said hauling Pakistan before the UN Security Council should be considered. The documents, released under a Freedom...
  • Tycoon Wyatt wants Saddam link omitted from trial (Sen. Kennedy implicated in possible treason)

    08/15/2007 7:06:09 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 61 replies · 2,417+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/15/2007 | Christine Kearney
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawyer for Oscar Wyatt has asked a judge to exclude evidence from his upcoming trial that suggests a link between the Texas oil tycoon and Saddam Hussein and a tip to Iraq about the U.S. invasion. The motion, filed in Manhattan federal court on Monday, comes three weeks before Wyatt, former chairman and founder of Coastal Corp., goes on trial accused of paying secret kickbacks to Iraq and corrupting the U.N. oil-for-food program. He has pleaded not guilty to charges he conspired to pay several million dollars in kickbacks to Iraq in relation to the...
  • Yet Another Captured al-Qaeda Member Confirms UBL Had Camps In Saddam's Iraq

    08/12/2007 10:49:14 AM PDT · by Renfield · 77 replies · 2,316+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 8-12-07 | Scott Malensk
    For those counting, this is at least the sixth confirmation of this. ABC News led the way with three reports from captured AQ and captured IIS guys immediately after the invasion. (h/t Amy Proctor) The political rhetoric says that these camps were not in Saddam's Iraq but in the Kurdish north. What that ignores is that the camps were certainly not at all allied with the Kurds, but against them, and were acting with Saddam's help. Politicians often try to point to Senate Intelligence Committee reports claiming there were no ties etc., but these reports are: 1. Political reports not...
  • (Freeper Video)Salman Pak: The Saddam/Iraq-AQ connection(Freeper Video)

    08/01/2007 3:30:44 PM PDT · by future F22 pilot · 67 replies · 1,654+ views
    <p>April15Bendovr and I have been working on a Salman Pak video. It shows the connections between Saddam and Al Qaeda. Please take a look at it.</p>
  • How the Left Undermined National Security Before 9/11

    09/11/2006 2:33:37 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 31 replies · 1,518+ views
    FrontPageMag ^ | 9/11/06 | David Horowitz
    (The following article by David Horowitz first appeared in our March 24, 2004, issue. An updated version appeared last September 11. It has been further updated to reflect information that has come to light since then. With tonight's premiere of the ABC-TV movie "The Path to 9/11," the truth impact of the Left's policies in bringing about the nation's worst terrorist attack is finally coming to light. -- The Editors) * "While the nation was having a good laugh at the expense of Florida's hanging chads and butterfly ballots, Mohammed Atta and Marwan al Shehhi were there, in Florida, learning...
  • Senate: Saddam believed Al-Qaida was a threat, not ally

    09/09/2006 8:07:18 AM PDT · by rubeng · 102 replies · 2,045+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 9, 10:06 AM (ET) | Jim Abrams
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Saddam Hussein rejected overtures from al-Qaida and believed Islamic extremists were a threat to his regime, a reverse portrait of an Iraq allied with Osama bin Laden painted by the Bush White House, a Senate panel has found. The administration's version was based in part on intelligence that White House officials knew was flawed, according to Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, citing newly declassified documents released by the panel. The report, released Friday, discloses for the first time an October 2005 CIA assessment that prior to the war Saddam's government "did not have a relationship, harbor...
  • Captured document:: AP employee spied for Saddam

    09/09/2006 4:37:46 PM PDT · by saveliberty · 30 replies · 1,847+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 9/9/2006 | Clarice Feldman
    Captured document:: AP employee spied for Saddam     Document ISGQ-2005-00026108.pdf dated July 25 2000 is a report from an Iraqi Intelligence officer to different Iraqi Intelligence Directorates talking about information provided to them from a trusted source that works in the Associated Press (AP). The information is about the formation a newly formed UN weapons inspectors team called UNMOVIC. Translation of page 4 and 5 of ISGQ-2005-00026108.pdf Republic of Iraq The Presidency of the Republic The Intelligence Service Date: 25/7/2000 Number: 6146 Secret To: 5th / 4th / 13th Directorates We were informed from one of our sources...
  • Senate: No Prewar Saddam-al-Qaida Ties (MSM Alert)

    09/08/2006 3:11:07 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 66 replies · 1,663+ views
    My Way News ^ | Sep 8, 2006 | Jim Abrams
    WASHINGTON (AP) - There's no evidence Saddam Hussein had a relationship with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his Al-Qaida associates, according to a Senate report on prewar intelligence on Iraq. Democrats said the report undercuts President Bush's justification for going to war. The declassified document being released Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee also explores the role that inaccurate information supplied by the anti-Saddam exile group the Iraqi National Congress had in the march to war. It discloses for the first time an October 2005 CIA assessment that prior to the war Saddam's government "did not have a relationship, harbor, or...
  • Senate: No Prewar Saddam-al-Qaida Ties ( Dems are gloating again )

    09/08/2006 11:04:30 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 56 replies · 1,717+ views
    New York Post ^ | 09/08/2006 | Jim Abrams
    Senate: No Prewar Saddam-al-Qaida Ties By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's no evidence Saddam Hussein had ties with al-Qaida, according to a Senate report on prewar intelligence that Democrats say undercuts President Bush's justification for invading Iraq. Bush administration officials have insisted on a link between the Iraqi regime and terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Intelligence agencies, however, concluded there was none. Republicans countered that there was little new in the report and Democrats were trying to score election-year points with it. The declassified document released Friday by the intelligence committee also explores the role that...
  • Half of U.S. Still Believes Iraq Had WMD

    08/06/2006 10:17:42 AM PDT · by cyberdasher · 64 replies · 1,831+ views
    AP news ^ | 08/06/2006 | CHARLES J. HANLEY
    Unable to link directly to AP. . .
  • Iraqi agents on trial in U.S., Iraq

    07/31/2006 10:11:05 PM PDT · by ikez78 · 11 replies · 422+ views
    Regime of Terror ^ | 8.01.06 | Mark Eichenlaub
    Samir Vincent's ongoing court case exemplifies the underreported story of Saddam Hussein's agents who were operating inside the United States in the years prior to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Vincent's trial involves the Oil for Food scandal and implicates the Iraqi agent in attempting to buy off pro-Iraq (pre-invasion) sentiments within the U.S. government and the United Nations on behalf of Baghdad. The FBI's press release details Vincent's admission of guilt as an unregistred Iraqi agent and is available here. ShaabanAnother recently concluded trial is that of Shaaban Hafiz Ahmad Ali Shaaban (pictured right). Shaaban, who had met with...
  • The Dark Side of PBS, Part 2

    07/31/2006 7:35:20 AM PDT · by pissant · 11 replies · 707+ views
    AIM ^ | 7/31/06 | R. Aronoff
    The PBS Frontline documentary, "The Dark Side," about the events leading up to the war in Iraq, was guilty of some of the same charges it leveled against Vice President Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. These officials were accused of manipulating information in order to get us involved in Iraq. But PBS itself manipulated information to make the administration look bad, even dishonest. The theme, which has been common in the media, is that the Bush administration was determined to go to war against Iraq almost from its first days in office. We've heard this from Richard Clarke,...
  • DoD Report: 50 Trucks Carried Iraqi WMD To Syria

    07/28/2006 1:42:19 PM PDT · by Sam Hill · 110 replies · 9,131+ views
    Sweetness & Light ^ | July 28, 2006 | N/A
    The following is a translation of a newly posted Iraqi document done by an unofficial translator. The document, posted in Arabic, is from a Department Of Defense program. It is dated July 13 -- probably 2003.In it an Iraqi opposition source (a Kurd) working in Syria reports on the movement of Iraqi trucks to Syria before the start of the US invasion of Iraq. It is his understanding that the trucks contained proscribed weapons of mass destruction.EnlargeEnlargeHere is one page from the pdf file showing the original document in Arabic:Enlarge
  • Terrorists Repeatedly Struck U.S. Before 9/11, Cheney Claims

    07/16/2006 11:26:15 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies · 255+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 15 July 2006 | John Semmens
    Vice President Richard B. Cheney told a gathering of Michigan National Guardsmen that terrorists started their war against the United States long before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Chenney cited the deaths of 241 U.S. Marines during the 1983, bombing of a military barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, the first terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, terrorist attacks on U.S. forces in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993, simultaneous terror bombings of two U.S. embassies (Tanzania and Kenya) in East Africa in 1998, Terrorist bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000. "Time and time again, for the remainder...
  • Judith Miller: I Was Tipped Off About 9/11

    05/21/2006 7:50:06 AM PDT · by yoe · 132 replies · 4,638+ views
    News Max ^ | May 21, 2006 | Staff
    Judith Miller, The New York Times reporter at the center of the I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby case, reveals that she received advance word about a terrorist plot that turned out to be 9/11 - but the Times spiked the story. Miller spent 85 days in jail before finally disclosing that Libby was the source who confirmed to her that Valerie Plame was a CIA operative. Miller - who's no longer with the Times - never wrote a story about Plame. But she's more troubled by another story that didn't run - the one about 9/11. Miller began investigating al-Qaida after...
  • Mad about chaos

    05/11/2006 11:51:05 AM PDT · by JZelle · 7 replies · 941+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-11-06 | James G. Zumwalt
    Any student of history knows the failure to learn its lessons leaves a nation likely to repeat its mistakes. On Feb. 23, 1998, an event occurred that went ignored by the United States. Not until September 11, 2001 would its importance become clear -- and, thus, from the vantage point of hindsight, a "lesson learned." For it was then that a little-known terrorist named Osama bin Laden declared war against the U.S. For those who heard it, the declaration must have sounded as ludicrous and nonthreatening as Prime Minister Count Mountjoy's declaration of war against the U.S. in the movie...
  • How the FBI Let 9/11 Happen - Never mind Moussaoui, the smoldering gun was right there all the time

    03/30/2006 6:37:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 37 replies · 2,081+ views
    Reason ^ | March 30, 2006 | Jeff A. Taylor
    Anyone paying attention to the Zacarias Moussaoui trial gets it now. All the 9/11 blanks are filled in, and the picture is complete. Sorry, conspiracy freaks and blind partisan hacks. Dull, common, gross incompetence is again at the heart of a deadly government cluster-hump. Do not linger on Moussaoui's bizarre suicide-by-testimony or the literal cheerleading for his execution—He knew. He lied. And 2,749 people died. Neither of these is the real story of this case. Rather, the story is the definitive proof Moussaoui's case provides that the U.S. government—pre-PATRIOT Act, pre-NSA wiretaps and all—had and missed clear opportunities to stop...
  • Mole may have been fed false information

    03/26/2006 11:26:59 AM PST · by Proctor · 65 replies · 3,084+ views ^ | March 25, 2006 | Michael Evans
    The Times March 25, 2006 Mole may have been fed false information By Michael Evans, Defence Editor THE revelation that a mole inside US Central Command was sending to the Russians secret operational material about the coalition plan to invade Iraq in March 2003 is the most extraordinary development to emerge since Saddam Hussein was found in a hole in the ground. However, the mole’s betrayal might have provided little assistance to the Iraqi dictator. It is conceivable that the material was either deliberately skewed to confuse the Baghdad regime or was out of date by the time that Saddam...