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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

CLINTON ADMINISTRATION KNEW IN ADVANCE about some of 9/11 hijackers but refused to allow the information to be shared....

This is stunning information, particularly in light of the fact that former Clinton Justice Dept. Deputy Atty. General Jamie Gorelick was a member of the 9/11 Commission. Apparently, she and her fellow Clinton Democrats on the 9/11 Commission wanted to bury this revelation about the Clinton administration's complicity in deciding not to act to protect the country against known terrorist threats.

There were objections to Gorelick serving on the 9/11 Commission, but she refused to step down. Now we know why. It is also now reported that Gorelick was installed in her position at DOJ at the insistence of Hillary Clinton, who now aspires to be president. So, would Gorelick then become the Attorney General and make some more deadly decisions?

We also now know the Clinton administration's DOJ denied information to law enforcement in New York City and Washington that would have enabled them to take actions to protect their cities and people. There is no valid excuse for their making a conscious choice to keep this information quiet and maintain that wall of separation that denied intel agencies to communicate with one another or with law enforcement---an action that neutered them all.

This goes far beyond something as simple as criminal negligence. It resulted in the murder of ca. 3,000 innocent people on American soil. There should now be a complete investigation---including a criminal investigation---of these conscious decisions and actions of the Clinton administration to render the United States impotent in the face of terrorist attacks.

Could it be that what Stickfingers Sandy Berger stole pre-9/11 documents from the federal government Archives for was to purge anti-defense information such as this about the Clinton administration's role in and responsibility for not protecting Americans from such an attack as that on 9/11/2001? And is Berger going to get a soft plea deal finalized that will allow him to skate for such an egregious violation of federal law---to protect himself and his former boss, Bill Clinton?

Read more below and here.
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"Clinton Admin. Knew of 9/11 Hijackers"

"More than a year before the 9/11 attacks, Clinton administration intelligence officials had identified four of the 19 9/11 hijackers as a terrorist threat - including al-Qaida team leader Mohamed Atta and his partner Marwan al-Shehhi, whose planes destroyed the World Trade Center and killed over 2,700 people.

But the critical information was not acted on, at least in part, because of prohibitions against intelligence sharing implemented by former Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, who was reportedly installed in her post at the insistence of then-first lady Hillary Clinton.

In the summer of 2000, a military team, known as Able Danger, had prepared a chart that included visa photographs of Atta and al Shehhi and recommended to the military's Special Operations Command that the information be shared with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rep. Curt Weldon and a former intelligence official told the New York Times.

"We knew these were bad guys, and we wanted to do something about them," the former intelligence official said.

However, the recommendation was rejected and the information was not shared, in part, said the Times, because the four suspects had entered the United States on valid entry visas.

But Rep. Weldon and the unnamed intelligence official also cited what the paper described as "a sense of discomfort common before Sept. 11 about sharing intelligence information with a law enforcement agency."

In fact, such intelligence sharing was strictly prohibited under Ms. Gorelick's policy, known at the Justice Department as "The Wall," which, in the spring of 2000, had also prevented the CIA from tipping off the FBI that two additional 9/11 hijackers, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi, had entered the country.

Al-Midhar and al-Hamzi were identified by the Able Danger team as well, the Times said.
In its final report, however, the 9/11 Commission made no mention of the fact that the Clinton administration had identified key members of the hijack team, even though, the Times noted, that information had been shared with 9/11 Commission members....

In testimony before the 9/11 Commission last year, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft blasted Gorelick's "Wall," saying, "The single greatest structural cause for September 11 was the wall that segregated criminal investigators and intelligence agents"

"[Ms. Gorelick] built that wall," said Ashcroft, "through a March 1995 memo...."

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