New CIA Docs Show Bush Ignored Seven Different Warnings About Imminent Attacks

CuppaT Child of God 2012/06/21 14:03:35


Especially in light of the refusal to release the JFK assassination files, it's mind-boggling that they've finally released this information. Seven different times, Bush was informed of imminent strikes by Bin Laden, and he simply ignored them? I guess they were so determined to go to war, they wanted any excuse they could get:

Over 120 CIA documents concerning 9/11, Osama bin Laden and counterterrorism were published today for the first time, having been newly declassified and released to the National Security Archive. The documents were released after the NSA pored through the footnotes of the 9/11 Commission and sent Freedom of Information Act requests.

The material contains much new information about the hunt before and after 9/11 for bin Laden, the development of the drone campaign in AfPak, and al-Qaida’s relationship with America’s ally, Pakistan. Perhaps most damning are the documents showing that the CIA had bin Laden in its cross hairs a full year before 9/11 — but didn’t get the funding from the Bush administration White House to take him out or even continue monitoring him. The CIA materials directly contradict the many claims of Bush officials that it was aggressively pursuing al-Qaida prior to 9/11, and that nobody could have predicted the attacks. “I don’t think the Bush administration would want to see these released, because they paint a picture of the CIA knowing something would happen before 9/11, but they didn’t get the institutional support they needed,” says Barbara Elias-Sanborn, the NSA fellow who edited the materials.

[...] Many of the documents publicize for the first time what was first made clear in the 9/11 Commission: The White House received a truly remarkable amount of warnings that al-Qaida was trying to attack the United States. From June to September 2011, a full seven CIA Senior Intelligence Briefs detailed that attacks were imminent, an incredible amount of information from one intelligence agency. One from June called “Bin-Ladin and Associates Making Near-Term Threats” writes that “(redacted) expects Usama Bin Laden to launch multiple attacks over the coming days.” The famous August brief called “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike the US” is included. “Al-Qai’da members, including some US citizens, have resided in or travelled to the US for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure here,” it says. During the entire month of August, President Bush was on vacation at his ranch in Texas — which tied with one of Richard Nixon’s as the longest vacation ever taken by a president. CIA Director George Tenet has said he didn’t speak to Bush once that month, describing the president as being “on leave.” Bush did not hold a Principals’ meeting on terrorism until September 4, 2001, having downgraded the meetings to a deputies’ meeting, which then-counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke has repeatedly said slowed down anti-Bin Laden efforts “enormously, by months.

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  • Schläue~© 2012/06/21 14:48:46 (edited)
    Wow.... they found 7 out of 1,000's of memos that come across the desk to exploit and find another Blame Bush headline?

    Had Billy-Boy Clinton taken any one of the numerous opportunities for OBL's head on a platter .... 9/11 would have never occurred.

    A good read ....

  • Z Schläue~© 2012/06/21 15:13:04
    I would like to point out that this doesn't exonerate Bush from his failure to stop it after being warned. It just means Clinton was terrible also. To be fair, Bush Sr. and the CIA are more responsible than anypony, since they created Al-Qaeda to stop Soviet take over of Afghanistan. Every administration for the past 50 years has a responsibility for the foreign policy problems we are seeing.
  • Schläue~© Z 2012/06/21 22:32:37

    Bush Sr. was Director of the CIA just shy of ONE year Under Pres. Ford and left on Jimma Carter's first day in office. (Jan. 30 1976 - Jan. 20, 1977) That was well before Carter signed the directive that got the USA involved in the upcoming Soviet - Afghan 10-year War.

    There are thousands of 'potential threat' memos every year and without any specifics there's not a whole Helluva lot the CIA - FBI or anyone else can do about it.

    What did you expect Bush to do....., shut down every airport, train station, cruise line and bus route .... indefinitely?...... get real.

    There was no DHS - TSA .... none of it.
  • Z Schläue~© 2012/06/22 00:57:36
    Actually, considering how it was done, all he would have had to do was have the military on higher alert and ready to scramble military aircraft. That would have made it more than simple enough to shoot down non-responsive planes. It would have at least been able to stop the second and third plane. No TSA or DHS was (or in my opinion is) needed. I wasn't saying Bush did it as director of CIA, but that they were both individually culpable. And yes, so was Carter. And so was Clinton. There is a long line of Presidents that made incredible bad foreign policy decisions, and even Reagan made one. I wasn't saying that we should go around pointing the finger at everypony, my point was that if we are going to blame one pony, we should spread the blame around for everypony that deserves it.

    And I understand now why you thought I was your designated Troller, but I promise, I didn't realize you were the same pony in both posts.
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/06/21 14:10:51
    Gosh, Only 8 years to get that "ginned up" to proclaim how bad "W" was. To you the writing seems clear as a bell, but it looks so embeded it made no difference. Even if "W" had acted on each and every threat what xcould have really been done. ?????
    The truth is we were blind sided and we still have not paid back the Rats, but have hired a Muslim Presidnt from Kenya who has damn near destroyed the country nd loaded the hinterlnds with Muslim families.
  • CuppaT ... jackola... 2012/06/21 14:33:42
    CuppaT   Child of God
    You and those who think like you:

    an ugly american

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