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Who is investigating this travesty?
'suspects' alive and well, BBC News, September 23,
“Another of the men named by the FBI as a hijacker in the suicide attacks on
Washington and New York has turned up alive and well.
“The identities of four of the 19 suspects accused of having carried out the attacks are now in doubt.”
wants probe into 'stunning' intelligence failure, CNN.com, September
on the Senate floor, Torricelli, D-New Jersey, called for a ‘Board of
Inquiry,’ patterned after the board authorized after the bombing of Pearl
Harbor in 1941.”
Shelby Calls Goss Comments 'Incredible,' Vows to Investigate Intelligence Failure, Ben Pershing, Roll Call, October 8, 2001:
Select Intelligence Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) reiterated Friday his
opinion that the recent terrorist attacks represented a massive failure on the
part of the U.S. intelligence community and that his panel should investigate
the matter on its own, without the help of any kind of special commission.”
Lawmakers Seek Inquiry Into Intelligence Failures, Alison Mitchell and Todd S. Purdum, The New York Times, October 22, 2001:
Porter J. Goss, a Florida Republican who is chairman of the House Permanent
Select Committee on Intelligence, said that an inquiry was coming, but that even
when it was done, historians would argue for decades over how the Sept. 11
Into Failures of Intelligence Community Are Put Off Until Next Year
, James Risen and Todd S. Purdum, The New York Times
, James Risen and Todd S. Purdum, The New York Times
Examining intelligence lapses, Dan K. Thomasson, Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 4, 2001:
“It seems certain now that the intelligence lapses that preceded the Sept. 11 attacks will be examined in minute detail early in the new year with the only issues still undetermined being by whom and how openly.”
to the Senate to Investigate Oddities Involving 9/11 Terrorist Attacks:
“We, the undersigned, do hereby petition the Senate of the United States of America to thoroughly investigate the events surrounding the acts of terrorism that transpired in the United States on September 11, 2001…”
Intelligence Gaps Preceding Attacks Subject of Inquiry, Greg Miller, Los Angeles Times, January 26, 2002:
“The Senate and House intelligence committees quietly began sending notices this week to the nation's spy agencies, requesting documents and other evidence for a pending probe of intelligence failures surrounding the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.”
asks Daschle to limit Sept. 11 probes
“President Bush personally asked Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle Tuesday to limit the congressional investigation into the events of September 11, congressional and White House sources told CNN.”
Reluctant Scrutiny of 9/11
, Howard Kurtz,
Washington Post, February 7, 2002:
“For five long months, almost no one has wanted
to gripe about it out loud.
“The shock had not yet worn off.
“It was a matter for another time, another place.
“First we had to bury the dead, heal the wounded, hail the rescuers, win the war.
“But yesterday the subject resounded across the marble halls of Congress:
“How could we not have known?
“How is it that America was totally blindsided by the Sept. 11 attacks?
“Was it a massive intelligence failure?
“Were there missed warning signs?
“George Tenet, the CIA director, said he couldn't discuss the details in a public session.
“And he warned of more terrorist attacks, always a natural headline-grabber.
But how can we prevent future attacks if we don't understand how we missed the last one?” [Emphasis added.]
Official to Head Sept. 11 Probe in Congress, Tabassum
Zakaria, Reuters, February 13,
2002 (archived at MakeThemAccountable.com):
“[Former CIA Inspector General Britt Snider] will head a congressional investigation into U.S. intelligence agency failures related to the Sept. 11 attacks, despite some objections he was too close to the spy agency to have an independent eye, congressional sources told Reuters on Wednesday.”
Much To Do..., Notebook, The
New Republic, Posted February 11, 2002, Issue Date February 18, 2002
“Since September 11 the Bush White House has often accused its policy critics of interfering with national security. In recent months the charge has been leveled at those raising questions about civil liberties and budget priorities. And now, perversely, it seems the White House is making it against even those trying to determine what security failures may have made the events of September 11 possible.”
At What Went Wrong
, Jeffrey H. Smith, Washington
Beinart, New Republic,
February 25, 2002 Issue:
George W. Bush vowed to usher in a
"responsibility era." … All of which might lead you to believe that
faced with the insular, self-perpetuating government bureaucracy that failed to
protect the United States from Al Qaeda on September 11--the CIA--the Bush
administration would have come down like a ton of bricks. If you believed that,
however, you were wrong.
[You don’t fire people who were following orders.—Caro]
Implies Sept. 11 Administration Plot
, Juliet Eilperin, Washington
Post, April 12, 2002:
“In a recent interview with a Berkeley, Calif., radio station, [Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.)] said: ‘We know there were numerous warnings of the events to come on September 11th. . . . What did this administration know and when did it know it, about the events of September 11th? Who else knew, and why did they not warn the innocent people of New York who were needlessly murdered? . . . What do they have to hide?’”
of Congressional Probe Into Sept. 11 Quits, Tabassum Zakaria, Reuters, April
“The head of a joint congressional investigation into why U.S. intelligence agencies failed to detect the plot that led to the Sept. 11 attacks on America has resigned, U.S. government sources said on Monday.”
of congressional probe into September 11 terror attacks resigns
, May 1, 2002
, May 1, 2002
“[I]n what appears to be
a tacit attempt to answer allegations that the US government had extensive
advance warning of the attacks, FBI Director Robert Mueller gave a speech … to
the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. He declared that the FBI was still not
in possession of any significant information about the attacks on the World
Trade Center and the Pentagon, despite the mobilization of hundreds of agents,
not only in the United States, but also in Europe, the Middle East, Southeast
Asia and Afghanistan, over the past eight months…
Inquiry of Intelligence Failures Hits Obstacles, Greg Miller, Los Angeles Times, May 4 2002:
“Lawmakers leading the investigation of intelligence agencies’ failures surrounding the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are increasingly concerned that tactics by the CIA and the Justice Department are actively impeding their efforts, congressional sources said Friday.”
U.S. didn't connect 'dots' before 9/11, CNN.com, May 15, 2002:
“In an interview with CNN, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Bob Graham,
D-Florida, said the House and Senate intelligence panels will hold hearings soon
about various memos and reports, including one dubbed the Phoenix document,
written by an FBI agent last summer.
“A key question, Graham said, would be ‘why these dots weren't seen and connected.’”
of the top brass, Scott
Shuger, Slate, May 20, 2002:
to the Truth
, E. J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post, May 21, 2002:
Way Out, George F. Will, Washington Post, May 22, 2002:
Lawyer Sues Bush Admin Over Sept. 11, BayInsider.com, May 23,
Thanks for the Heads-Up, Frank Rich, The New York Times, May 25, 2002:“[A]s we need some version of a Warren Commission to get to the bottom of what went wrong, so we need an inverted Manhattan Project (one that will stop a bomb rather than build one) to recruit America's best minds to set things right. Mr. Ridge, a decent politician with no expertise in intelligence or counterterrorism, is a frivolous choice for security czar. Mr. Ashcroft, an aspiring J. Edgar Hoover isolated from reality by a circle of cronies, lacks the intellect and leadership ability to take on an adversary as cunning as Osama bin Laden.”
to Probe Moussaoui Warrant, Sharon Theimer, Associated Press, May 26,
“Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle continued to press for an independent commission to investigate intelligence failures leading up to the September attacks.
“Daschle, D-S.D., said Bush asked him on Jan. 28 not to seek an outside commission. He said previously that Vice President Dick Cheney made a similar request Jan. 24.”
You Wanted Clinton Impeached, Take a Look at Bush, Lorin Nelson, Salt
Lake Tribune, May 26, 2002:
Concerned About Sept. 11 Congressional Probes, Arshad Mohammed,
Reuters, June 4,2002
“President Bush expressed concern on Tuesday that congressional probes into the Sept. 11 attacks might take government experts away from their central job of preventing another attack.“‘What I am concerned about is tying up valuable assets and time and possibly jeopardizing sources of intelligence,’ Bush said as congressional hearings were beginning on Capitol Hill into the failure of U.S. intelligence to thwart the attacks.”
Is Set For Public Testimony, CBS News, June
White House Strategy: From Attack to Admit, Elisabeth Bumiller, The New York Times, June 6, 2002:
“As the capital wakes up almost daily to disclosures about intelligence warnings before Sept. 11, the White House has abruptly switched its strategy of mounting ferocious partisan assaults on Democrats to one of self-inoculation — admitting past mistakes and preparing for more bad news to come…
strategies … have the same two basic goals, heading off criticism of President
Bush and containing moves for a full-scale independent inquiry that could careen
out of White House control.”
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