"fbi inspector general\u2019s report reveals more evidence of the conspirati complicity in
9/11 attacks. more evidence that the 'terrorists' were recruited, trained and monitored
by local officials who were fellow terrorists of the al qaeda group. the group identified
as members of the dirty mossad, the cia and silly muslim bogeymen. it is crystal clear
that the 9-11 scam was the greatest success of the criminal minds since the discovery of
the texas tea and the first profession."w hilimena
a report released june 9 by the fbi\u2019s office of the inspector general raises new
questions about the role of the us government in the terrorist attacks of september
11, 2001. the internal fbi study provides several important revelations about how us
intelligence agencies ignored and even suppressed warnings in the period leading up
to the attacks on the world trade center and the pentagon that killed nearly 3,000
press accounts published within hours of the report\u2019s release gave a very distorted picture
of the document, which runs to more than 400 pages. no follow-up reports, based on a
thorough study of the text, have yet appeared in the mass media.
the initial media commentary invariably voiced the now-standard claim that the fbi and
cia were guilty of a \u201cfailure to connect the dots,\u201d due to bureaucratic lethargy, individual
incompetence, inter-agency rivalries, even poorly performing software systems. this
presentation of events is utterly unserious.
if it ignored warnings and suppressed information, a legitimate presumption is that it did
so willfully. the question must be posed: did one or more agencies or high-level officials
provide protection for known al qaeda associates who ultimately participated in the
politically impossible for the government to embark on military interventions in central asia and the middle east and launch an unprecedented attack on civil liberties at home.
the fbi internal report examines the three best-known episodes in which the bureau, which
is the lead agency for counterterrorist activities within the united states, missed or ignored
important signals of the coming terrorist attacks. two of the cases involved local fbi
agents who voiced suspicions that were disregarded or suppressed by fbi headquarters. in
the third case, the cia deliberately kept the fbi in the dark-with the assistance of certain
the first instance is the electronic memo of july 10, 2001 from kenneth williams, an
fbi agent in phoenix, arizona, noting the number of students with ties to radical islamic
fundamentalists enrolled at local aviation training schools, and suggesting that a
nationwide canvass of these schools be carried out to determine if there was a pattern.
the second is the bureau\u2019s response to the arrest of zaccarias moussaoui, an islamic
fundamentalist who was detained by the immigration and naturalization service after his
attempts to obtain training on a boeing 747 aroused suspicions at a minneapolis-area
flight school. moussaoui was detained on immigration charges in early august 2001, but
fbi headquarters blocked efforts by minneapolis agents to pursue an investigation that
could have identified other al qaeda operatives at us flight schools.
the chapter in the inspector general\u2019s report on the phoenix memo (called an electronic
communication or ec, in fbi jargon), reveals that the document was sent to the attention of
six people at fbi headquarters and two more at the new york division. the recipients
included personnel and leadership of both the usama bin laden unit and the radical
fundamentalists unit, the latter comprising a separate group of agents assigned to
investigate islamist militants not directly affiliated to al qaeda.
not even read it. the report attributes the inaction and inattention to the lack of resources
committed to anti-terrorist activities in the summer of 2001. for instance, there was only a
single research analyst assigned to the fbi\u2019s bin laden unit in 2001, and she was
transferred to another unit in july 2001.
one agent at a field office who was sent the phoenix ec replied that it was \u201cno big secret\u201d
that arab men were receiving aviation training in the united states. (williams\u2019s concern,
however, was not over \u201carab men,\u201d but rather individuals affiliated with radical islamic
fundamentalists who publicly justified terrorist attacks on us targets.) the fbi\u2019s new york
field office, which had the lead role in counterterrorism, flatly rejected williams\u2019s
proposal for a more in-depth study of the flight school issue.
one of these examples is the following: \u201cin august 1998, an intelligence agency advised the fbi\u2019s new york division of an alleged plan by unidentified arabs to fly an explosive laden aircraft from libya into the world trade center.\u201d
the entire chapter on moussaoui, 115 pages long, is redacted from the version published
last week, at the order of the federal judge who has been presiding over moussaoui\u2019s
terrorism trial. only a few references to moussaoui survive in other parts of the report.
a fuller analysis of this episode awaits the release of the redacted chapter, after
moussaoui\u2019s sentencing. but the gist of the situation is that local minneapolis fbi agents
asked for permission to conduct further inquiries, including searching moussaoui\u2019s
computer, while supervisors at fbi headquarters cited the necessity for a warrant from a
special court established under the foreign intelligence surveillance act (fisa). the
supervisors refused to apply for the fisa warrant, saying the case did not meet the court\u2019s
had never seen a supervisory special agent in headquarters so adamant that a fisa
warrant could not be obtained and at the same time a field office so adamant that it
could.\u201d the report also notes that the minneapolis field office sought an \u201cexpedited fisa,\u201d
while fbi supervisors were blocking action on moussaoui, a cia liaison officer in
minneapolis was reporting his arrest to the cia. george tenet, the cia director, was briefed
on the matter.
by the end of august, french intelligence officials had provided the us government with
information on moussaoui\u2019s connections to islamic fundamentalist groups, but the fbi still
took no action. moussaoui, who was being held on immigration violations, was not
diego area for much of 2000 and 2001. the report details at least five instances during this
period when the fbi could have or should have become aware of their presence and
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