Friday, December 15, 2006

Blinders Nation

Another whirlwind appearance by Peter Lance (Triple Cross) bright and early on Fox 'n Friends this morning (about 6:15 a.m. or so) to talk about the blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman.

(Oh 'm goodness, it was 6:15 a.m.)

Lance said the Sheikh was offered in exchange for a group of ... but I didn't catch who as my eyes were just opening to the day of news (and my mission of addictive counting how many times throughout the morning Doocy mentions his book).

Video of appearance Friday, December 15, 2006 Peter Lance on Fox News Discussing the possible al Qaeda related violence that could occur with the death of the blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman who is in critical condition at a Federal prison medical facility in Missouri. SEE: CNN story. VIEW FOX & FRIENDS interview...

As expected, there's Doocy as he's giving the temps, promoting his Mr. and Mrs. Happy Handbook. Alison gives him an idea for a new book. (We're one up on that as we've already given out Mr. and Mrs. Happy Divorce)

Just not enough time for Peter Lance or anyone investigating the full story of how 9/11 occurred to wake up those who are asleep.

As we who have done an iota of citizen investigative journalism know the 9/11 Commission left out a few details.

So, what we need is a news channel (mid-morning)(late-night) dedicated to news and information specifically to go over all the books, all the internet postings concerning the events of September 11, 2001. Not C-Span, but something like it.

For instance, we need a back and forth exchanges of information.

We need authors who wrote the Popular Mechanics article on how the WTC buildings collapsed (Debunking The 9/11 Myths - Mar. 2005 Cover Story
PM examines the evidence and consults the experts to refute the most persistent conspiracy theories of September 11. Published in the March, 2005 issue
)to meet-up with those who dispute (specifically) the official conclusion on the collapse/s. (Building 7, too).

We need an America that can face the truth, no matter what the truth reveals.

We need to discover for certain whether bin-Laden was actually killed years and years ago in that so-called botched/missed opportunity when former President Bill Clinton was around and about.

That's right. What if missed opportunities, weren't. What if one of those attempts succeeded, and bin-Laden has actually been dead all these years.

Bush: bin Laden 'prime suspect'
September 17, 2001 Posted: 8:01 PM EDT (0001 GMT)

What if bin-Laden was offered as a prime suspect for September 11, 2001 precisely because bin-Laden was already killed. What if the bin-Laden shown on those post-9/11 tapes isn't bin-Laden at all cause bin-Laden was already dead?

Yep, wouldn't everything about 9/11 make a whole lot more sense if bin-Laden were already dead prior to September 11, 2001. The 9/11 bin-Laden is a fake who will never ever be captured. Careful, might be lumped in with conspiracy theorists and believers that bees are going to be used by the government to detect illegal drugs, only in airports, and subways.

Osama bin Laden: missed opportunities
The CIA had pictures. Why wasn’t the al-Qaida leader captured or killed?
By Lisa Myers Senior investigative correspondent NBC News
Updated: 3:40 p.m. PT March 17, 2004

As the
9/11 commission investigates what Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush might have done to prevent the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, one piece of evidence the commission will examine is a videotape secretly recorded by a CIA plane high above Afghanistan. The tape shows a man believed to Osama bin Laden walking at a known al-Qaida camp.

The question for the 9/11 commission: If the CIA was able to get that close to bin Laden before 9/11, why wasn’t he captured or killed? The videotape has remained secret until now.

Over the next three nights, NBC News will present this incredible spy footage and reveal some of the difficult questions it has raised for the 9/11 commission

Fox 'n Friends still discussing Omar... the spiritual leader who inspired '93 WTC attack... FBI issuing warning if he dies, his followers could be pressed into action... Rahman calls for revenge if he dies in prison... terror warning...

Now Fox 'n Friends with Chris Wallace whose interview with Ted Kennedy will air on Sunday. Right, we can't wait to see what he'll ask.

OK. Steve's outside giving out calendars and promoting his book, Mr. and Mrs. Happy Make Millions Plugging HappIness. Autographed, by the way. Purchase 2 and one is sent freebie to military. Uh Steve, is there vetting of those, don't want to send to a Mr./Mr. or Mrs./Mrs.

According to Scripps Howard News Service Third of Americans suspect 9-11 government conspiracy By THOMAS HARGROVE

More than a third of the American public suspects that federal officials assisted in the 9/11 terrorist attacks or took no action to stop them so the United States could go to war in the Middle East, according to a new Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll.

The national survey of 1,010 adults also found that anger against the federal government is at record levels, with 54 percent saying they "personally are more angry" at the government than they used to be.

Widespread resentment and alienation toward the national government appears to be fueling a growing acceptance of conspiracy theories about the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Suspicions that the 9/11 attacks were "an inside job" _ the common phrase used by conspiracy theorists on the Internet _ quickly have become nearly as popular as decades-old conspiracy theories that the federal government was responsible for President John F. Kennedy's assassination and that it has covered up proof of space aliens.

Seventy percent of people who give credence to these theories also say they've become angrier with the federal government than they used to be.

Thirty-six percent of respondents overall said it is "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that federal officials either participated in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon or took no action to stop them "because they wanted the United States to go to war in the Middle East."

"One out of three sounds high, but that may very well be right," said Lee Hamilton, former vice chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also called the 9/11 commission.) His congressionally appointed investigation concluded that federal officials bungled their attempts to prevent, but did not participate in, the attacks by al Qaeda five years ago.

"A lot of people I've encountered believe the U.S. government was involved," Hamilton said. "Many say the government planned the whole thing. Of course, we don't think the evidence leads that way at all."

The poll also found that 16 percent of Americans speculate that secretly planted explosives, not burning passenger jets, were the real reason the massive twin towers of the World Trade Center collapsed...

"Many say the government planned the whole thing. Of course, we don't think the evidence leads that way at all."

Right. They don't because they didn't conduct a thorough investigation. All one needs to know to conclude that is the "missing" "withheld" "non-public" testimony of President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and former President Bill Clinton.

History that isn't accurate is a lie. 9/11 history as portrayed by the 9/11 Commission is a lie.

Noticed the Lance website now includes the reel of his Dec. 13th Fox 'n Friends appearance. We were hoping for just that... somewhere on the net... better to have first-hand info and news to find the truth with, my child... Peter Lance interviewed by Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade. CLICK TO VIEW Judyth Piazza interviewS Peter Lance for The Student Operated Press. CLICK TO HEAR.

Now if we could just have the transcripts from Fox 'n Friends, please.


TRIPLE CROSS: Nat Geo Channel's Whitewash of the Ali Mohamed Story

...In 1991 Mohamed moved bin Laden and 100's of al Qaeda terrorists from Afghanistan to Sudan, set up al Qaeda's training camps in Khartoum and literally wrote al Qaeda's manual of terror. In 1993 he trained members of the al Qaeda contingent that downed two U.S. Blackhawk helicopters in Somalia, brokered a meeting between bin Laden and the head of Hezbollah and personally took the pictures of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi that Osama bin Laden himself used to target the suicide truck bombs that killed 224 in Kenya in 1998.

That part of my research was presented in the Nat Geo documentary that aired on Monday.

But that was only half of my story. The other half was the astonishing saga of how the two bin Laden "offices of origin" -- the FBI's New York Office (NYO) and the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the SDNY, allowed Mohamed to operate with impunity for years. How key special agents in the bin Laden Squad (I-49) like Jack Cloonan desperately played catch-up as Mohamed planned the Embassy bombings. How John Zent, Ali's west coast control agent was totally outgunned by him, getting caught up as a material witness in a grisly triple homicide in Fresno in 1992 when he should have been riding herd over the al Qaeda sleeper. How it was Zent who vouched for Ali and got him released from Canadian custody in 1993 - allowing him the freedom to help plan the Blackhawk Down operation and the Embassy bombing plot.

My most astonishing, findings involved Patrick Fitzgerald, the former head of Organized Crime and Terrorism in the SDNY, who had allowed Ali to remain free as early as 1994 even though he named him as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Day of Terror case. Another of my key findings was that Fitzgerald buried probative evidence of an al Qaeda New York cell in 1996

Sat. Aug. 19, 2006
Author: Terror spy show a TV whitewashAn investigative journalist said his book about a Sept. 11 coverup was watered down for the TV version.
What was expected to be a controversial documentary that charges that Osama bin Laden's top spy infiltrated three U.S. security agencies has gotten even hotter, with investigative reporter Peter Lance calling the TV piece based on his book a whitewash that's ``like doing Schindler's List from Hitler's perspective.''

The documentary, Triple Cross, is scheduled to air on the National Geographic Channel Aug. 28, with Lance's book of the same name due out a few weeks later. But their accounts of how bin Laden's master spy Ali A. Mohamed outwitted the CIA, the FBI and the U.S. Army may be overshadowed by the war of words between Lance and the network.

Lance, who in early treatments of the Triple Cross script was the narrator, was so infuriated by the program's eventual direction that he refused to appear...
Don't forget this testimony:

Transcript of Rice's 9/11 commission statement
Wednesday, May 19, 2004 Posted: 12:25 AM EDT (0425 GMT)


The threat reporting that we received in the spring and summer of 2001 was not specific as to time, nor place, nor manner of attack. Almost all of the reports focused on al Qaeda activities outside the United States, especially in the Middle East and North Africa.

In fact, the information that was specific enough to be actionable referred to terrorist operations overseas. More often, it was frustratingly vague. Let me read you some of the actual chatter that we picked up that spring and summer: "Unbelievable news coming in weeks," "Big event ... there will be a very, very, very, very big uproar," "There will be attacks in the near future."

Troubling, yes. But they don't tell us when; they don't tell us where; they don't tell us who; and they don't tell us how.

In this context, I want to address in some detail one of the briefing items we received, since its content has frequently been mischaracterized.

On August 6, 2001, the president's intelligence briefing included a response to questions that he had earlier raised about any al Qaeda intentions to strike our homeland.

The briefing item reviewed past intelligence reporting, mostly dating from the 1990s, regarding possible al Qaeda plans to attack inside the United States. It referred to uncorroborated reporting that from 1998 that terrorists might attempt to hijack a U.S. aircraft in an attempt to blackmail the government into releasing U.S.-held terrorists who had participated in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. This briefing item was not prompted by any specific threat information. And it did not raise the possibility that terrorists might use airplanes as missiles.

Despite the fact that the vast majority of the threat information we received was focused overseas, I was concerned about possible threats inside the United States. On July 5, chief of staff Andy Card and I met with Dick Clarke, and I asked Dick to make sure that domestic agencies were aware of the heightened threat period and were taking appropriate steps to respond, even though we did not have specific threats to the homeland.

Later that same day, Clarke convened a special meeting of his CSG, as well as representatives from the FAA, the INS, Customs, and the Coast Guard. At that meeting, these agencies were asked to take additional measures to increase security and surveillance.

Throughout this period of heightened threat information, we worked hard on multiple fronts to detect, protect against, and disrupt any terrorist plans or operations that might lead to an attack. For instance, the Department of Defense issued at least five urgent warnings to U.S. military forces that al Qaeda might be planning a near-term attack, and placed our military forces in certain regions on heightened alert.

The State Department issued at least four urgent security advisories and public worldwide cautions on terrorist threats, enhanced security measures at certain embassies, and warned the Taliban that they would be held responsible for any al Qaeda attack on U.S. interests.

The FBI issued at least three nationwide warnings to Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies, and specifically stated that, although the vast majority of the information indicated overseas targets, attacks against the homeland could not be ruled out.

The FBI also tasked all 56 of its U.S. field offices to increase surveillance of known or suspected terrorists and reach out to known informants who might have information on terrorist activities.

The FAA issued at least five Civil Aviation Security Information Circulars to all U.S. airlines and airport security personnel, including specific warnings about the possibility of hijackings.

The CIA worked round the clock to disrupt threats worldwide. Agency officials launched a wide-ranging disruption effort against al Qaeda in more than 20 countries.

During this period, the vice president, DCI Tenet, and the NSC's counterterrorism staff called senior foreign officials requesting that they increase their intelligence assistance and report to us any relevant threat information.

This is a brief sample of our intense activity over the Summer of 2001.

Yet, as your hearings have shown, there was no silver bullet that could have prevented the 9/11 attacks. In hindsight, if anything might have helped stop 9/11, it would have been better information about threats inside the United States, something made difficult by structural and legal impediments that prevented the collection and sharing of information by our law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

So the attacks came. A band of vicious terrorists tried to decapitate our government, destroy our financial system, and break the spirit of America. As an officer of government on duty that day, I will never forget the sorrow and the anger I felt. Nor will I forget the courage and resilience shown by the American people and the leadership of the president that day

Recall the failure of former President Bill Clinton to capture or kill bin Laden way back.

Democracy Now! Hosts a Debate On the Roots of 9/11 and the Failures of Three Successive Presidential Administrations to Stop Bin Laden
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

We speak with author Peter Lance, a five-time Emmy-award winning investigative reporter and former ABC News correspondent. His latest book is 1000 Years For Revenge: International Terrorism and the FBI – The Untold Story which outlines how the FBI missed dozens of chances to stop the Sept. 11 attacks going as far back as 1989.

And Richard Miniter, investigative reporter and author of Losing bin Laden: How Bill Clinton's Failures Unleashed Global Terror that claims that President Bill Clinton had the opportunity to stop, catch, or kill bin Laden more than twelve times during his presidency and knowingly refused to wage a real war on "terror" which may have prevented the Sept. 11 attacks.
[Includes transcript]

Intelligence Failure? Let's Go Back to Sudan
NEWS STORY | Sunday, June 30, 2002
(Timothy Carney and Mansoor Ijaz, The Washington Post)

In early 1996, CIA director John Deutch convinced Secretary of State Warren Christopher to pull U.S. diplomats out of Sudan out of fear for their safety. His anxiety was based on intelligence that implicated the Sudanese government. Although the embassy wasn't formally shut down, it was vacated, and relations with Khartoum became severely strained.

Soon afterward, the CIA figured out that its analysis was wrong. A key source had either embellished or wholly fabricated information, and in early 1996 the agency scrapped more than 100 of its reports on Sudan.

Did the State Department then send its diplomats back? No. The bad intelligence had taken on a life of its own. A sense of mistrust lingered. Moreover, the embassyhad become a political and diplomatic football for policymakers and activists who wanted to isolate Khartoum until it halted its bloody civil war with the largely Christian south. To this day, the embassy is mostly unstaffed.

This episode is worth recounting now. Whether hunting terrorists in Afghanistan, judging the integrity of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, mediating a dispute between India and Pakistan, or contemplating the virtue of an attack on Iraq, the Bush administration has given great weight to the content of U.S. (and sometimes foreign) intelligence reports. As the United States wages war on terrorism and Congress re- organizes and bolsters U.S. intelligence agencies, the influence of intelligence on foreign and military policy will only grow.

But American policymakers have to be intelligent about using intelligence. The story of U.S. policy in Sudan shows how bad intelligence -- or good intelligence badly used -- can damage U.S. interests. In Sudan, it confused us about political Islam, hurt our ability to intervene in the 47-year-old Sudanese civil war, and in 1996 undermined our best chance ever to capture Osama bin Laden and strangle his organization, before he was expelled from Sudan and found his way to Afghanistan.

We write from experience. One of us, Carney, a retired career diplomat, was the last U.S. ambassador to Khartoum. The other, Ijaz, an American hedge-fund manager, played an informal role by carrying messages between Khartoum and Washington after the embassy was emptied.

Perhaps the most important intelligence failure in Sudan wasn't about protecting the safety of U.S. diplomats but about understanding the political environment throughout the Muslim world. This is one aspect of Sudan's cautionary tale: the danger of losing sight of politics while focusing on terror.

During the 1990s, some committed Muslims around the worldtried to forge a political movement to bridge the gap between the modern world and medieval scripture. But instead of engaging this movement, the United States lumped Islamic political groups together and viewed them all as dangerous. It clung to relationships with authoritarian regimes that felt threatened by Islamic groups and thus let well-organizedradicals dominate the Muslim world's reformist movement.

Khartoum was an important center of Islamic political activity. Sudan's National Islamic Front, led by the fiery, Sorbonne-educated Hassan Turabi, seized power in a 1989 coup. Turabi held annual conferences that attracted thousands of Muslim radicals to Khartoum to craft their vision for an Islamic utopia. Turabi described the conferences as venting sessions aimed at moderating extremist Islam's rhetoric. The U.S. government called them terrorist planning sessions and, rather than infiltrate and decipher their workings, demanded that Khartoum shut them down.

Turabi raised deep concerns among U.S. allies in Riyadh, Cairo, Asmara, Addis Ababa, Nairobi and Kampala. Washington relied on their reading of events in Sudan, rather than on its own eyes and ears.

There were real grounds for concern. Sudan's new leaders expanded long-standing ties to Middle Eastern terrorist groups. Bin Laden and his followers arrived in 1991. The "Blind Sheikh," Omar Abdel Rahman, an Egyptian later convicted of plotting to blow up New York landmarks, received his U.S. visa from Khartoum in 1993...

Uhoh. Peter Lance debates Richard Miniter author of Losing bin Laden DemocracyNow


bin-Laden trail stone cold

Bin Laden Trail 'Stone Cold'
U.S. Steps Up Efforts, But Good Intelligence On Ground is Lacking
By Dana Priest and Ann Scott Tyson
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, September 10, 2006; A01

The clandestine U.S. commandos whose job is to capture or kill Osama bin Laden have not received a credible lead in more than two years. Nothing from the vast U.S. intelligence world -- no tips from informants, no snippets from electronic intercepts, no points on any satellite image -- has led them anywhere near the al-Qaeda leader, according to U.S. and Pakistani officials.

"The handful of assets we have have given us nothing close to real-time intelligence" that could have led to his capture, said one counterterrorism official, who said the trail, despite the most extensive manhunt in U.S. history, has gone "stone cold."

6:49 MECCA TIME, 3:49 GMT
Full transcript of bin Ladin's speech

note disclaimer

November 30, 2006
Discusses Ali Mohamed, Peter Lance and Peter Dale Scott

Lance discusses the Blind Sheikh

CIA asset tied to bin Laden infiltrated FBI before 9/11
Date: September 5, 2006
Topic: 9/11 Investigations

Tom Heneghan
Intelligence expert Thomas Heneghan spoke with us last night, revealing that “Ali Mohammed was the CIA’s eyes and ears inside the FBI while working both sides as an FBI informant.”

Heneghan, a federal whistleblower, also confirmed Lance’s assertions that Ali was Osama bin Laden’s chief spy who infiltrated the CIA, FBI and the Green Berets at Fort Bragg, indicating that “Osama bin Laden [aka Tim Osman] has been a CIA asset ever since the 1980’s, having illegally purchased Stinger missiles from U.S. officials for use against the Russians in Afghanistan.”...

"It’s not a stretch to think that the CIA and bin Laden both used Ali Mohammed to infiltrate the FBI, since bin Laden has been a long-time CIA asset,” he said. “Look who’s named in that FBI memo.”...

While Lance’s blog seemed to attribute Fitzgerald’s actions to incompetence, poor judgment and honest mistakes [his book may tell a different story], Tom Heneghan says “elements of the CIA were working directly with their CIA assets Osama bin Laden and Ali Mohammed...

Jason Leopold review Triple Cross

Larry C. Johnson Triple Cross & Osama's Escape
August 28, 2006

1 comment:

stinker said...

Be sure to check out the book “Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics and Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory” due out in March by Dr. David Ray Griffin.