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  • Senator: Bush misled nation in run-up to Iraq war

    12/13/2014 8:18:37 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 56 replies
    AP ^ | December 11, 2014 | DEB RIECHMANN
    The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee released new information on Thursday that he claims is evidence that the Bush administration misled the nation in the run-up to the war in Iraq. In a speech on the Senate floor, retiring Sen. Carl Levin, a Democrat, outlined a 2003 CIA cable that warns George W. Bush administration officials against making references to claims that Mohammad Atta — the man who led the Sept. 11 hijackers — met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in the Czech Republic before the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks. Levin claims Bush officials used the unconfirmed meeting...
  • 9/11: Does The End Justify The Means?

    12/11/2014 9:57:30 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/11/14 | Leigh Bravo
    We have now had 13 years without another terrorist attack on United States soil. Do you think the end justified the means? Can anyone NOT remember where they were or what they were doing on September 11, 2001, the day the two planes hit the twin towers in New York? Will we ever be able to forget the images of innocent civilians jumping hundreds of floors to their death to avoid being consumed by flames? Who could imagine that when 125 people left their homes for work at the Pentagon that they would never return home to their families? What...
  • Impending CIA Interrogation Report Creates Fear of Violence

    12/07/2014 4:55:00 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    abc news ^ | 12-7-2014 | DEAN SCHABNER
    U.S. embassies around the world are bracing for a potentially explosive report about to be released that details what the CIA did to terror suspects in the days after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and the fear is that its release could threaten American lives. The report, due to be released Tuesday by the Senate, is described as shocking in its very graphic descriptions of secret interrogations, including some details that have never been heard before. All U.S. facilities around the world are being urged to review security and brace for the reaction, with concern particularly high in areas where...
  • Back on top: World Trade Center reopens for business 13 years after 9/11 terrorist attack...

    11/03/2014 12:43:37 PM PST · by Ezekiel · 52 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 02:24 EST, 3 November 2014 | Updated: 14:38 EST, 3 November 2014 | By Associated Press
    Back on top: World Trade Center reopens for business 13 years after 9/11 terrorist attack as first employees move in Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the resurrected World Trade Center is again opening for business - marking an emotional milestone for both New Yorkers and the nation. Publishing giant Conde Nast will start moving on Monday into One World Trade Center, a 104-story, $3.9 billion skyscraper that dominates the Manhattan skyline. It is America's tallest building.
  • Obama: 'We Tortured Some Folks' [Go Tell That To Daniel Pearl's Family]

    08/01/2014 5:41:13 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 62 replies
    LATimes ^ | August 1, 2014 | KATHLEEN HENNESSEY
    Obama: 'We Tortured Some Folks' By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY In startlingly blunt phrasing, President Obama on Friday acknowledged the CIA’s use of brutal interrogation tactics in the years after the Sept. 11 attack, even as he defended the agency’s top spy, who is a veteran of the era. “We tortured some folks,” Obama said to reporters during a news conference Friday. “We did some things that were contrary to our values.”
  • Video: Hillary Clinton Heckled About Benghazi Following Acceptance Speech For Liberty Medal

    09/11/2013 7:13:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/11/13 | Debra Heine
    The heckling came at the end of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia which she gave in acceptance for the 2013 Liberty Medal, Tuesday night. In her speech, Hillary kept it bland, largely staying away from controversial issues: Clinton paid lip service to the pressing questions of the day: how the United States should respond to the use of chemical weapons -- the question at stake in Syria -- and how it should balance the need for both liberty and security. But she did not offer any concrete answer on these highly...
  • White House ramps up 9/11 security measures, citing Benghazi

    09/10/2013 8:24:44 PM PDT · by oxcart · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/10/13 | Mark Felsenthal
    The White House on Tuesday said it had ordered heightened security of U.S. facilities abroad on the September 11 anniversary, citing the attack that killed four U.S. government employees in Benghazi, Libya, last year. "The president's national security team is taking measures to prevent 9/11 related attacks and to ensure the protection of U.S. persons and facilities abroad," the White House said in a statement. President Barack Obama's counterterrorism aide Lisa Monaco has been in charge of reviewing security measures in place for the anniversary, the White House said. Four Americans including the U.S. ambassador to Libya were killed in...
  • Bikers denied no-stop permit for 9/11 rally through D.C. but will ride anyway

    09/09/2013 4:58:02 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9 Sep 2013 | Jessica Chasmar
    <p>The nation’s capital has denied a “no stop” permit for the “2 Million Bikers to DC” rally on Wednesday, meant to “remember those who were killed on 9/11 and honor our armed forces.” The group said in a statement Sunday that D.C. officials denied their request for a special nonstop ride through town with a waiver for red lights, stop signs and other traffic signals.</p>
  • Permit Denied to 2 Million Bikers to DC on 9.11.13

    09/08/2013 2:28:14 PM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 131 replies
    Sons Of Liberty RIders ^ | 9/6/2013 | Eilana Caswell
    Washington DC has DENIED our permit for a no-stop ride through Washington DC. We find this regretful for the residents and businesses of that great city, and humbly offer our apologies. What could have been a one or two hour ride through will now likely be an all day event. We will be obeying all laws. We will be stopping at all stoplights, stop signs, and yielding to all pedestrians. RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES OF WASHINGTON DC: On behalf of the National "2 Million Bikers to DC" Team, please accept our sincere apologies. We did the right thing and went through...
  • Outgoing Director Robert S. Mueller III tells how 9/11 reshaped FBI mission[Admits Fort Hood terror]

    08/22/2013 9:35:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Thursday, August 22, 3:30 PM | Billy Kenber
    “You have one metric, and that is preventing all attacks. . . . If there’s one attack, you are unsuccessful,” he said. By that measure, the FBI’s record has been stained in recent years by April’s Boston Marathon bombing and by the deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Tex., in 2009. Asked what he would consider to be his least-proud moment, Mueller cited those two atrocities. “I hate to lose people, and I would say you feel most pain from what happened in some place like Fort Hood or what happened up in Boston,” he said.
  • Liberty Slipping: 10 Things You Could Do in 1975 That You Can't Do Now

    07/23/2013 7:26:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 140 replies
    Economic Policy Journal Blog ^ | July 22, 2013 | Robert Wenzel
    In 1975: 1.You could buy an airline ticket and fly without ever showing an ID. 2.You could buy cough syrup without showing an ID. 3.You could buy and sell gold coins without showing an ID 4.You could buy a gun without showing an ID 5.You could pull as much cash out of your bank account without the bank filing a report with the government. 6.You could get a job without having to prove you were an American. 7.You could buy cigarettes without showing an ID 8.You could have a phone conversation without the government knowing who you called and who...
  • 60 Terrorist Plots Since 9/11: Continued Lessons in Domestic Counterterrorism

    07/23/2013 7:39:36 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 8 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | July 22, 2013 | Jessica Zuckerman, Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D. and James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.
    Abstract The Heritage Foundation has tracked post-9/11 terrorist plots against the United States in an effort to study the evolving nature of the threat and to garner lessons learned. The best way to protect the United States from terrorism is to ensure a strong and capable domestic counterterrorism enterprise—and to understand the continuing nature of the terror threat. The Boston Marathon bombing was the 59th publicly known terror plot against the United States since 9/11. In a political environment of sequestration on the one hand, and privacy concerns on the other, there are those on both sides of the aisle...
  • Study says 9/11 led to 'terrorism-induced smoking'

    06/22/2013 5:15:05 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 9 replies
    upi ^ | June 21, 2013 | KRISTEN BUTLER
    The stress of the attacks on 9/11 caused an estimated one million former smokers to pick the habit up again, according to a Weill Cornell Medical College public health study. The research is the first to look at the net costs to society of terrorism-induced smoking in the United States after 9/11 and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Though there is a general consensus that stress is a "very large motivator for individuals to use substances," the stress effects of large-scale events on substance use has not been widely studied. "This study provides the first unbiased estimate of the effect...
  • Saudi Students in U.S. Up More Than 500% Since Sept. 11, 2001

    04/22/2013 9:27:56 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 36 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/21/2013 | Terrence P Jeffrey
    (Sept. 11, 2001 hijackers Hani Hanhour (right) and Majed Moqed (left) at an ATM machine on Sept. 5, 2001.) (CNSNews.com) - The number of Saudi Arabian students in the United States has increased by more than 500 percent since Sept. 11, 2001--when Hani Hanjour, a Saudi national who came here on a student visa flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon, killing 189 people. According to the Institute of International Education--whose numbers on foreign students in the United States are used in official reports published by the U.S. Department of Education--there were 5,579 Saudi nationals enrolled in U.S....
  • Number of Muslims in the U.S. doubles since 9/11

    09/28/2012 6:55:09 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 36 replies
    nydailynews ^ | Thursday, May 03, 2012 | Meghan Neal
    A new survey reveals the dramatically changing face of religion in America, with the number of Muslims in the U.S. soaring 67% in the decade since the 9/11 attacks. Data released Tuesday from the 2010 U.S. Religion Census shows Islam was the fastest growing religion in America in the last 10 years, with 2.6 million living in the U.S. today, up from 1 million in 2000. Mormonism too saw remarkable growth, with a 45% increase in adherents. It added nearly 2 million members since 2000, bringing their number in the U.S. to 6.1 million. Ads by Google "Both of these...
  • Myth and Reality After 9/11

    09/08/2011 5:32:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Why did radical Islamic terrorists kill almost 3,000 Americans a decade ago? Few still believe the old myth that prior U.S. foreign policy or support for Israel logically earned us Osama bin Laden's wrath. After all, the U.S. throughout the 1990s had saved Islamic peoples from Bosnia and Kosovo to Somalia and Kuwait. Russia and China, in contrast, had oppressed or killed tens of thousands of their own Muslims without much fear of provoking al Qaeda. Moreover, thousands of Arabs have been killed recently, but by their own Libyan and Syrian governments, not Israeli Defense Forces. Al Qaeda still issues...
  • How Leftism Poisoned a Psychiatrist's Mind

    05/10/2011 6:40:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2011 | Dennis Prager
    If your sister were among the nearly 3,000 people murdered in the World Trade Center on 9/11, how would you react to Osama Bin Laden's death? More specifically, if you were to write an opinion piece on the subject for a major newspaper, what would you most want to communicate?One would think that anyone who had lost a loved one on 9/11 would write about bin Laden's guilt, about evil and about experiencing some degree of moral and emotional satisfaction that the loved one's murderer had been killed by American forces.But not Robert Klitzman, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia...
  • Growing up Muslim after 9/11

    09/11/2010 7:39:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 65 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | September 11, 2010 | By Basir Jamil
    I am an Ahmadi Muslim American living in Bel Air and am currently a high school senior. I was born in America, but my parents are from Pakistan. I was 8 years old at the time of the 9/11 attacks, sitting in my 3rd grade class. From grade school on, I have personally encountered racism and extremism. I have endured snide comments, people calling me "terrorist," and people generally hating me for no reason but my race and religion. Nine years later, after all the ways people have treated me, I wonder, are the terrorists winning? What was the point...
  • (All Political) Holder: 'Political' Response in Congress to Sept. 11 Trial 'Disturbs Me'

    07/11/2010 6:47:20 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 21 replies
    fox news ^ | 7/11/2010 | fox news
    Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday accused Democrats and Republicans in Congress of politicizing the trial of the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind, saying it "disturbs me a great deal" that their bickering has disrupted the administration's timetable for dealing with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators. In unusually blunt language, the attorney general expressed deep frustration with the way Congress has kicked around his trial plans. Holder announced last year that he wanted to try Mohammed and four other defendants in civilian courts in New York City, but the idea generated so much bipartisan controversy that it's all but been...
  • Unlike 9/11, Partisanship Worse After Christmas Attack (Mega Barf)

    01/02/2010 5:12:17 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies · 1,267+ views
    ABC News ^ | Jan. 2, 2010 | GAIL RUSSELL CHADDOCK
    After the 9/11 attacks, members of Congress set aside bitter, partisan disputes -- at least for a season -- in a show of unity and resolve on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. They linked arms. They sang God Bless America. Democrats pledged support to the President Bush, a Republican. Much of the post-9/11 reform agenda in this previously gridlocked Congress passed with unanimity. But the Christmas attack on Northwest Flight 253 has produced no such bipartisan moment. Instead, it's amplified the partisan sniping on Capitol Hill on issues ranging from national security policy to end-of-year fundraising. After losing bids...
  • NY judge: CIA can keep 9/11 videotape info secret

    09/30/2009 6:45:26 PM PDT · by John W · 5 replies · 1,001+ views
    AP ^ | September 30, 2009 | Larry Neumeister
    NEW YORK — A judge cited national security concerns in ruling Wednesday that the CIA does not have to release hundreds of documents related to the destruction of videotapes of Sept. 11 detainee interrogations that used harsh methods. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said he believed he had an obligation to let the CIA director decide what should be released when it pertains to methods used to make uncooperative detainees divulge information. "The need to keep confidential just how the CIA and other government agencies obtained their information is manifest, and that has to do with the identities of...
  • Robert Scheer: 9/11 Unleashed American Barbarism (Grab a large bucket)

    09/12/2009 5:53:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 1,994+ views
    The Santa Barbara Noozhawk ^ | September 11, 2009 | Robert Scheer
    In blind retaliation, we wreaked havoc on Iraq and continue to slaughter peasants in Afghanistan. What if eight years ago the World Trade Center had been leveled by a small nuclear bomb that took out most of lower Manhattan, as well? How many millions of innocent civilians would we have killed in retaliation? Would we still be a free society, or would then-Vice President Dick Cheney have attained the power of a demented king, having moved on from snooping on our phone calls and outing honest CIA agents to destroying the last vestiges of the rule of law? As assaults...
  • President Obama extends 9/11 national emergency

    09/10/2009 5:51:58 PM PDT · by gura · 21 replies · 1,320+ views
    BNO News ^ | 9/10/2009 | BNO News
    From the BNO Newsroom. WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) -- President Obama on Thursday extended the national emergency declared following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. President Bush first declared the national emergency on September 14, 2001, three days after the terrorist attacks which left thousands of people dead in three American cities. The National Emergencies Act requires each national emergency to be ended or continued every year. "Because the terrorist threat continues, the national emergency declared on September 14, 2001, and the powers and authorities adopted to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond September 14, 2009. Therefore,...
  • Ashcroft may be sued in 9/11 case, court rules

    09/04/2009 4:55:54 PM PDT · by blueyon · 29 replies · 1,320+ views
    BOISE, Idaho - A federal appeals court delivered a stinging rebuke Friday to the Bush administration’s post-Sept. 11 detention policies, ruling that former Attorney General John Ashcroft can be held liable for people who were wrongfully detained as material witnesses after 9/11. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the government’s improper use of material witnesses after Sept. 11 was “repugnant to the Constitution and a painful reminder of some of the most ignominious chapters of our national history.” The court found that a man who was detained as a witness in a federal terrorism...
  • Appeals court rules against Ashcroft in 9/11 case

    09/04/2009 2:47:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,784+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/4/09 | Rebecca Boone - ap
    BOISE, Idaho – A federal appeals court delivered a stinging rebuke Friday to the Bush administration's post-Sept. 11 detention policies, ruling that former Attorney General John Ashcroft can be held liable for people who were wrongfully detained as material witnesses after 9/11. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the government's improper use of material witnesses after Sept. 11 was "repugnant to the Constitution and a painful reminder of some of the most ignominious chapters of our national history." The court found that a man who was detained as a witness in a federal terrorism...
  • Ashcroft liable for detentions, court finds

    09/04/2009 2:09:30 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies · 2,517+ views
    Ashcroft liable for detentions, court finds By Tony Romm - 09/04/09 04:18 PM ET Former Attorney General John Ashcroft may be sued and held liable for wrongly detaining witnesses after the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. In its decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that Abdullah Al-Kidd, a U.S. citizen detained as a material witness for two weeks, may sue the former attorney general for breaching his constitutional rights. Al-Kidd claimed during the case that his brief imprisonment caused him to lose a scholarship and crippled his chances of finding employment, according...
  • Bush-Era Debate: Using G.I.’s in U.S.

    07/24/2009 6:54:54 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 53 replies · 3,047+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 24, 2009 | MARK MAZZETTI and DAVID JOHNSTON
    WASHINGTON — Top Bush administration officials in 2002 debated testing the Constitution by sending American troops into the suburbs of Buffalo to arrest a group of men suspected of plotting with Al Qaeda, according to former administration officials. Some of the advisers to President George W. Bush, including Vice President Dick Cheney, argued that a president had the power to use the military on domestic soil to sweep up the terrorism suspects, who came to be known as the Lackawanna Six, and declare them enemy combatants. Mr. Bush ultimately decided against the proposal to use military force. A decision to...
  • Paper: Bush Considered Sending Troops Into New York

    07/24/2009 10:38:47 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 42 replies · 1,645+ views
    FoxNews ^ | July 24, 2009
    The Bush administration in 2002 considered sending U.S. troops into a Buffalo, New York, suburb to arrest a group of terror suspects, the New York Times reported. WASHINGTON - The Bush administration in 2002 considered sending U.S. troops into a Buffalo, New York, suburb to arrest a group of terror suspects in what would have been a nearly unprecedented use of military power within the United States, The New York Times reported. Vice President Dick Cheney and several other Bush advisers at the time strongly urged that the military be used to apprehend men who were suspected of plotting with...
  • President Bush Visits Yankee Stadium

    07/18/2009 9:37:59 AM PDT · by Sefton · 29 replies · 1,075+ views
    YouTube ^ | U.S.A.
    If you need to recall what National Pride feels like, take a moment to view this video. Please keep the comments to the event of Oct. 30, 2001. (The MSM gave King Obama enough accolades over his 1st pitch already!)Video of a great American moment!
  • Cheney's Super Secret Plan: Kill or Capture the Enemy

    07/13/2009 1:08:59 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 13 replies · 978+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 07/13/2009 | Jeffrey Tobin
    On Sunday, the New York Times struck another blow against the Bush administration’s counter-terrorism measures with a front-page story alleging that a CIA program was kept secret from Congress for eight years. The orders to keep Congress out of the loop — which sound flagrantly illegal — came, according to the story, straight from then Vice President Dick Cheney.
  • Greatest Presidential First Pitch in History — George Bush

    07/15/2009 7:57:43 AM PDT · by rvoitier · 45 replies · 2,810+ views
    Midwest Sports Fans ^ | 14 July 2009 | JRod
    So forget politics for a moment and just watch the video below. It’s a great behind-the-scenes look at the build-up to Bush’s first pitch at the 2001 World Series, and the strike he fired with the lights shining bright.
  • Democrats to investigate “secret” program reported by NYT in 2002 ( Updates )

    07/15/2009 8:48:00 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies · 757+ views
    Hot Air ^ | July 14, 2009 7:02 pm | Karl
    Via The Hill: With their Speaker behind them, House Democrats are pushing ahead with plans to hold a series of hearings investigating instances in which intelligence officials may have misled members of Congress.Senior Democratic aides said that a major announcement could come by the end of week, but it was already clear on Monday that House Democrats are seizing on weekend news reports that former Vice President Dick Cheney hid information from Congress.
  • Dems to Probe Secret CIA Plan to Spy on Enemies

    07/15/2009 9:34:42 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 23 replies · 1,071+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | July 15, 2009 | Scott Ott
    (2009-07-15) — With Democrats in Congress already alarmed at revelations that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had a covert scheme to kill terrorist leaders like Usama Bin Laden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reportedly set to announce a probe into allegations that the CIA may have also “conspired to conduct espionage operations against America’s enemies.” Although the “vague” plans to dispatch small CIA teams to hit senior al Qaeda leaders never materialized due to legal, logistical and diplomatic obstacles, current CIA Director Leon E. Panetta cancelled the program in June, and sold several planning documents to the producers of Fox...
  • Officials to probe color-coded terror alert system

    07/14/2009 3:03:33 PM PDT · by TexasNative2000 · 32 replies · 765+ views
    Ap via yahoo.com ^ | 7.14.2009 | Eileen Sullivan
    WASHINGTON – The Homeland Security Department will review and possibly replace the often-ridiculed multicolored terror alert system created after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Since it was created in 2002, the system has been confusing and became the butt of jokes by late-night television comics. Critics have said assigning different categories to different colors is too vague an approach to deliver enough information to be useful. And Democrats said the Bush administration used it for political manipulation. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano appointed a task force Tuesday to determine in 60 days how effective the current system is.
  • Cheney's "Secret Counterterrorism Program" Not So Secret After All [NYT reported on it in Dec 2002]

    07/14/2009 1:51:59 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies · 885+ views
    Cheney's "Secret Counterterrorism Program" Not So Secret After All On Sunday the Times hinted darkly about a "secret counterterrorism program" Dick Cheney concealed from Congress. Now the details are out -- and it turns out the Times reported the program (killing Al Qaeda's leaders) on its front page back in December 2002. Posted by: Clay Waters 7/14/2009 2:04:26 PM The Times' lead story Sunday was on a C.I.A. program allegedly hidden by Dick Cheney, and abruptly ended by new C.I.A. director Leon Panetta when he learned of it. The headline to intelligence reporter Scott Shane's story huffed: "Cheney Is Linked...
  • 'Killing Terrorists-Gate' and Phony Outrage ( Pelosi and the House Democrats )

    07/14/2009 1:56:23 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 783+ views
    National Review ^ | Tuesday, July 14, 2009 | Guy Benson
    House Democrats are in (cynical, calculated) high dudgeon after a shocking "revelation" was made public this week.  Brace yourself, because this bombshell isn't for the faint of heart:  After 9/11, the Bush administration considered a CIA program designed to target and kill top al-Qaeda operatives. Gasp. It gets worse: Some members of Congress now say they weren't sufficiently briefed on the then-nascent secret program (which was never actually implemented), and it's even possible that Vice President Cheney intentionally kept lawmakers in the dark about the preliminary plans (which, again, never became operational). Once you've picked yourself up off the floor, take...
  • CIA mulls assassination missions

    07/14/2009 2:29:25 PM PDT · by Shermy · 17 replies · 1,030+ views
    Washington Post/Daily Camera ^ | October 28, 2001 | Barton Gellman
    WASHINGTON — Armed with new authority from President Bush for a global campaign against al-Qaida, the Central Intelligence Agency is contemplating clandestine missions expressly aimed at killing specified individuals for the first time since the assassination scandals and consequent legal restraints of the 1970s. Drawing on two classified legal memoranda, one written for President Bill Clinton in 1998 and one since the attacks of Sept. 11, the Bush administration has concluded that executive orders banning assassination do not prevent the president from lawfully singling out a terrorist for death by covert action. The CIA is reluctant to accept a broad...
  • Democrats to investigate “secret” program reported by NYT in 2002 ...Panetta steps in it!

    07/14/2009 9:59:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 78 replies · 2,736+ views
    Hot Air ^ | July 14, 2009 12:49 am | Karl
    Via The Hill: With their Speaker behind them, House Democrats are pushing ahead with plans to hold a series of hearings investigating instances in which intelligence officials may have misled members of Congress.Senior Democratic aides said that a major announcement could come by the end of week, but it was already clear on Monday that House Democrats are seizing on weekend news reports that former Vice President Dick Cheney hid information from Congress.The New York Times reported on Sunday that the CIA, under the direction of Cheney, developed a secret counterterrorism program and then was directed by the vice president...
  • CIA Weighs 'Targeted Killing' Missions (Flashback to 2001)

    07/14/2009 9:04:34 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 20 replies · 1,097+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 28, 2001 | Barton Gellman
    Armed with new authority from President Bush for a global campaign against al Qaeda, the Central Intelligence Agency is contemplating clandestine missions expressly aimed at killing specified individuals for the first time since the assassination scandals and consequent legal restraints of the 1970s. Drawing on two classified legal memoranda, one written for President Bill Clinton in 1998 and one since the attacks of Sept. 11, the Bush administration has concluded that executive orders banning assassination do not prevent the president from lawfully singling out a terrorist for death by covert action. The CIA is reluctant to accept a broad grant...
  • C.I.A. Had Plan to Assassinate Qaeda Leaders

    07/14/2009 5:23:00 AM PDT · by freed0misntfree · 51 replies · 1,536+ views
    NYT ^ | July 13, 2009 | By MARK MAZZETTI and SCOTT SHANE
    WASHINGTON — Since 2001, the Central Intelligence Agency has developed plans to dispatch small teams overseas to kill senior Qaeda terrorists, according to current and former government officials. Skip to next paragraph Paul Buck/European Pressphoto Agency The plans remained vague and were never carried out, the officials said, and Leon E. Panetta, the C.I.A. director, canceled the program last month. Officials at the spy agency over the years ran into myriad logistical, legal and diplomatic obstacles. How could the role of the United States be masked? Should allies be informed and might they block the access of the C.I.A. teams...
  • Shocked? CIA Had 'Secret' Plan to Kill Al Qaeda? Dems Grasping...

    07/13/2009 12:57:35 PM PDT · by Mind Freed · 13 replies · 674+ views
    A secret Central Intelligence Agency initiative terminated by Director Leon Panetta was an attempt to carry out a 2001 presidential authorization to capture or kill al Qaeda operatives, according to former intelligence officials familiar with the matter.
  • Statue Of Liberty's Crown Reopens To Tourists On Fourth Of July

    07/04/2009 5:33:14 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 21 replies · 1,322+ views
    All Headline News ^ | July 3, 2009 | Linda Young
    New York, NY (AHN) - People will be able to climb to the Statue of Liberty's crown on the Fourth of July, for the first time since that portion of America's most famous symbol was closed to the public for safety reason shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. National Park Service officials had barred the public from visiting the crown out of concerns that it would be difficult to evacuate in case of an emergency because access is by a narrow 168-step double-helix spiral staircase. Officials have made improvements by adding a public address system and will limit the...
  • A Family's Valor, a Nation's Freedom-Why would a 61-year-old civilian surgeon volunteer for Iraq?

    07/02/2009 10:32:26 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 5 replies · 404+ views
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | 7-2-09 | Karl Rove
    At a dinner last week in California, I was reminded of the debt we owe to those who have, for 233 years, sustained our freedom and independence. One remarkable family in particular exemplifies the best in the American spirit of courage and sacrifice. Sitting at my table was a friend, Christine Krissoff, wife of Dr. Bill Krissoff and mother of Nathan and Austin Krissoff. One of her sons, Marine First Lt. Nathan Krissoff, was killed in Al Anbar Province in December 2006. A Williams College grad, athlete and musician, he'd left for Iraq on the fifth anniversary of the 9/11...
  • SAVING US LIVES: BUSH'S POST-9/11 RECORD

    05/22/2009 3:19:31 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies · 837+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 22, 2009 | Dick Cheney
    Following are excerpts of for mer Vice President Dick Cheney's address at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington yesterday. NOW and for years to come, a lot rides on our president's understand ing of the security policies that preceded him. Whatever choices he makes concerning the defense of this country, those choices shouldn't be based on slogans and campaign rhetoric, but on a truthful telling of history. Our administration always faced its share of criticism, and from some quarters it was always intense. That was especially so in the later years of our term, when the dangers were as serious...
  • Mock NYC Terror Attack Brings Up 9/11 Memories

    05/17/2009 5:38:10 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 5 replies · 354+ views
    CBS 3 PHILADELPHIA ^ | 17 MAY 2009 | AP
    More Than 800 Responders Stage Ground Zero Emergency Drill NEW YORK (AP) ― It was an emergency drill, yet the scene of hundreds of firefighters, police officers and other first responders hustling around the World Trade Center site Sunday evoked the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Firefighters carried oxygen tanks, hoses and heavy axes into an underground train station, while police and other emergency personnel helped those playing injured — all part of a large disaster response exercise at ground zero.
  • Obama Ends 9/11 Policy Allowing Pilots to Carry Guns (The "Messiah")

    03/17/2009 5:54:14 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 61 replies · 3,554+ views
    Ace of Spades ^ | March 17, 2009 | Ace
    <p>As was asked when this issue was debated -- and resolved, we thought -- "If you don't trust a pilot to carry a gun, what the fuck are you doing allowing him at the controls of a plane carrying 300 people?"</p>
  • EDITORIAL: Guns on a plane (Obama secretly ends program....)

    03/17/2009 7:03:27 AM PDT · by RecallMoran · 199 replies · 9,423+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 17 2009 | Washington Times Editorial
    After the September 11 attacks, commercial airline pilots were allowed to carry guns if they completed a federal-safety program. No longer would unarmed pilots be defenseless as remorseless hijackers seized control of aircraft and rammed them into buildings. Now President Obama is quietly ending the federal firearms program, risking public safety on airlines in the name of an anti-gun ideology. The Obama administration this past week diverted some $2 million from the pilot training program to hire more supervisory staff, who will engage in field inspections of pilots. This looks like completely unnecessary harassment of the pilots. The 12,000 Federal...
  • Obama releases secret Bush anti-terror memos

    03/02/2009 3:53:22 PM PST · by Vision · 36 replies · 1,815+ views
    AP ^ | 3/2/09 | By DEVLIN BARRETT and MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration threw open the curtain on years of Bush-era secrets Monday, revealing anti-terror memos that claimed exceptional search-and-seizure powers and divulging that the CIA destroyed nearly 100 videotapes of interrogations and other treatment of terror suspects. The Justice Department released nine legal opinions showing that, following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Bush administration determined that certain constitutional rights would not apply during the coming fight. Within two weeks, government lawyers were already discussing ways to wiretap U.S. conversations without warrants. The Bush administration eventually abandoned many of the legal conclusions, but the documents themselves...
  • Secret anti-terror Bush memos made public by Obama

    03/02/2009 1:56:34 PM PST · by SolidWood · 208 replies · 13,952+ views
    AP ^ | March 2, 2009 | DEVLIN BARRETT
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Monday released a long-secret legal document from 2001 in which the Bush administration claimed the military could search and seize terror suspects in the United States without warrants. The legal memo was written about a month after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. It says constitutional protections against unlawful search and seizure would not apply to terror suspects in the U.S., as long as the president or another high official authorized the action. >snip The memo was one of nine released Monday by the Obama administration.
  • Post-Post-9/11 Looks Just Like Pre-World War II

    02/27/2009 2:50:41 PM PST · by ihatedemocrats · 10 replies · 482+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | FEBRUARY 24, 2009 | Bret Stephens
    After 9/11, historians and pundits rushed to give a new era a suitable name. My favorite was Norman Podhoretz's, who called it "World War IV." In doing so, he recast the Cold War as World War III while putting the attacks in a century-long context of the global struggle between democratic and totalitarian forces. But the election of Barack Obama and the financial crisis have now ushered us into the post-post-9/11 world, and this era, too, needs a name. Let's call it "the Locarno Restoration." Locarno, a picturesque Swiss town on the shores of Lake Maggiore, was the site of...