New CIA docs show Bush ignored 9/11 warnings

Sure does make you wonder, doesn’t it?

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.”

[…] One last thing is worth mentioning from the documents published today: Anyone with any doubt that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is dangerous to the United States is contradicting U.S. intelligence. “Violence between Israelis and the Palestinians, moreover is making Sunni extremists more willing to participate in attacks against US or Israeli interests,” the CIA wrote in February 2001. It is not the only piece of information revealed by the new documents that will be deeply uncomfortable for the Bush administration and hawks across the country.

Interestingly enough, these seven warnings dovetail with the descriptions by former CIA intelligence asset Susan Lindauer, who was held under the PATRIOT act for a year and publicly smeared in the New York Times (itself a publication known to be historically cooperative with the CIA) as mentally unstable. Lindauer says there were not only warnings, she believes there was controlled demolition of the WTC buildings to make sure the attacks were big enough to justify going to war. Again, it really makes you wonder.

6 thoughts on “New CIA docs show Bush ignored 9/11 warnings

  1. There can be no doubt that the WTC buildings fell as a result of controlled demolition.
    None whatsoever.

  2. Keeping in mind that 9-11 was a political attack and as FDR said, “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” In 1996 the Sudanese government told Bill Clinton that they would be glad to arrest Osama bin Laden as long as the US took possession of him. Bill said no thanks. After the embassy attacks in Kenya and Tanzania by Bin Laden in 1998, Clinton fired missiles at “al-Qaeda targets” in Sudan and Afghanistan. A milk manufacturing plant and an empty training camp were hit. All of the hijackers had been living in the US since the 90’s. Some of them were being watched by the FBI. Both the Clinton administartion AND the Bush administration were in on this debacle up to their necks.

  3. I’ve always thought there were those, in the now Homeland/Fatherland, who were at the core of that tragedy; Cheney and, at least, Poppy (if not his deranged son), certainly being two of them.

  4. Wow, what a surprise . . . to anyone not paying attention at the time. The Bush Admins’ ineptitude and hidden agenda was apparent before 911, when the Bush Crime Family cut funding for counter-terrorism and dismissed the Clinton White House warnings; They were geared for the big war that would bankrupt America from the outset. It was apparent on 911, when no one in BushCo knew what the fuck they were doing or who was in charge of which fuck up. And it was apparent after 911, when the bastards fought tooth and nail to NOT have an investigation and when they were forced to, stuffed the investigation commission with sycophants and cover up specialists. War Criminals, everyone of them.

  5. I’ve long thought that the tragedy of 9-11 rested with the personal relationship between the Bushes and the Bin Laden family. Isn’t it possible that the Bin Laden family told the Bushes, ‘Don’t worry about Osama, we’ve got him under control. Leave him to us. Don’t kill him.’ But much to both families surprise, Osama wasn’t ‘under control.’ This seems logical to me and explains the seven-minute panic that W experienced that day.

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