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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

NO LACK OF GOOD INTELLIGENCE ABOUT BIN LADEN THREAT: FOR 5 YEARS CLINTON FAILED TO ACT, THEN PASSED PROBLEM ON

"No lack of good intelligence" By Michael F. Scheuer - 16 Feb 2005

"Last week's revelation of 50 pre-September11, al Qaeda-related warnings to the Federal Aviation Administration, and the publication of an early 2001 National Security Council memo warning of the Osama bin Laden threat, point to the utter failure of the Goss-Graham and Kean-Hamilton commissions. Unable to stand up and state the obvious negligence and failure of senior intelligence community officials helped get America to September 11. The oblivious commissioners forced a reorganization of the intelligence community that increases bureaucracy and locks in the mentality that Americans are expendable.

The recent disclosures show, again, that there was no lack of good intelligence before September 11, no failure to "connect the dots." From late 1996 onward, for example, intelligence community leaders and senior NSC officials knew al Qaeda was seeking weapons of mass destruction in a professional manner; they also knew Soviet nuclear weapons were not secured...

In terms of risk-taking, the Clinton administration's most dicey anti-terrorism operation surely was Former National Security Adviser Samuel Berger's reputed clandestine removal of bin Laden-related documents from the National Archives in his socks and undies. Nerves of steel and a thirst for daring-do but only when party rather than republic is at risk.

I have not directly blamed Mr. Clinton for the failures to act. While he is ultimately responsible, it seems clear from post-September 11 books, articles and testimony that he wanted action but was always dissuaded by NSC advisers, CIA Director George Tenet, and those paragons of risk aversion, the chairmen of the Joint Chiefs....

....the Clinton administration's risk-averse veterans heap abuse and scorn on the Bush administration which, for all its many faults, has never had a tenth of the chances to eliminate bin Laden given to the Clintonians...." entire article

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