“It’s starting to look as if the 9/11 Commission turned a blind eye to key questions that could embarrass one of its own members, Jamie Gorelick. This week brought the stunning revelation that elite military spies pinpointed Mohamed Atta and three other hijackers as a terror cell more than one year before 9/11. But they were barred from alerting lawmen to try to lock ’em up. A prime reason why that warning never came is that Gorelick issued a 1995 order creating a wall that blocked intelligence on terrorists from being shared with law enforcement. Commission staffers had first denied knowing that the elite military unit known as Able Danger even existed, but later admitted that they were briefed twice that Atta was specifically named.” Still it was conveniently left out of the 9/11 report. Do you know why? Because the 9/11 report already had its agenda. The 9/11 report already had its story. Here came some conflicting information. “Oh, it’s too late for this. We don’t want this now,” and I think part of what’s going on here, folks, is the Clinton administration didn’t want to deal with the fact that there was a terrorist cell on American soil. They wanted to roll the dice that nothing would happen. They didn’t want to have to
Remember that? After 9/11 happened on the Bush watch, you had some anonymous Clinton people out there saying, “Oh, why couldn’t this have this happened with us? Why did this happen to Bush? We were there for eight years.” Well, they didn’t want to deal with stuff like this. That’s one of the reasons why the wall existed. But here’s the thing: it gets worse than even that. “Gorelick’s defenders might argue that hindsight is 20/20, but that excuse doesn’t work in this case because Jamie Gorelick was warned way back then when the-see-no-evil-wall was created. That warning came right from the front line in the war on terror. The current, at that time, Manhattan US Mary Jo White who headed up key terror investigations like the prosecutions for the World Trade Center bombing in 1993. Mary Jo White, who was a Clinton appointee, wrote directly to Janet Reno that the wall was a big mistake. ‘It’s hard to be totally comfortable with instructions to the FBI prohibiting contact with the United States attorney’s offices when such prohibitions are not legally required,’ Mary Jo White wrote in June of 199
This memo still secret, by the way. “The 9/11 Commission got that White memo, the Post was told, but omitted any mention of it from its much publicized report, nor does the report include the transcript of its staff interview with Mary Jo White, who no doubt told the staff all of this.” So it’s not just Curt Weldon coming in after the scene and revealing information. We now know that Mary Jo White was begging the Clinton administration justice department to tear down the wall and that she testified about all this with a memo that still remains secret to the staff of the 9/11 Commission. “White yesterday declined comment via her spokesman. The 9/11 Commission spokesman, Al Felzenberg, didn’t respond to repeated phone calls, either. At the time that the first White memo surfaced it was a hypothetical question. The wall could have prevented intelligence from getting through to stop 9/11 if there had been any intelligence, but now that the 9/11 staff acknowledges that there
Remember when Ashcroft alluded to the memo written by one of the members of the committee? This is just to revive your memory here. “Ashcroft said the report, dubbed the Millennium After-Action Review by the Clinton National Security Council, chronicles how Al-Qaeda’s role in the millennium plot was nearly missed because Gorelick’s guidelines blinded US prosecutors to critical intelligence in the case. Though a hunch by an alert Washington state customs agent led to the capture of the would be millennium bomber Ahmed Rassam, when he was turned over to the justice department for interrogation, they didn’t have a clue who he was Ashcroft told the commission. It took a French magistrate with full access to his own country’s counterterrorism files to tip US probers to the fact that they had nabbed one of Al-Qaeda’s most dangerous operatives. Ultimately because of Gorelick’s directive the French magistrate had to travel to the United States and testify for seven hours to lay out Ahmed Rassam’s Al-Qaeda connection,” and remember the Clinton administration was taking a lot of credit for stopping the millennium bomber, because of their policies, and it wasn’t that at all. Their policies almost allowed the guy through customs, down to LA to do his dirty deed at LAX, which is where he was aimed, but it was an alert customs agent not executing any policy simply just, you know, being a good investigator, good cop, if you will, who discovered this person. So all of this stuff now is coming back in
RUSH: This is from the New York Sun today: “The recent disclosure that a Pentagon unit experimenting with data mining technologies apparently linked the ringleader, Mohamed [sic] Atta, of the September 1, 2001, attacks, to a Brooklyn-based terror cell more than a year before the strikes is prompting new questions about whether the Pentagon and Congress acted too hastily when they publicly disavowed such database intensive research in 2003.” Now, this is another key factor, because what we’ve learned here is that the way this Able Danger group found out about Atta was simply
“Mr. Weldon said the Total Information Awareness program was hamstrung by several factors, including the association of its director, Admiral John Poindexter, with the Iran-Contra scandal. ‘We put the wrong person in and put the wrong spin on it,’ the congressman said. ‘Somehow, it became a massive, ‘Big Brother’ spying effort on the American people. That perception killed what was a necessary effort.'” I read this today, and the memories of that came flooding back. I remember
Grand jury testimony is secret. So once an investigative agency comes up with information and they take it to the grand jury, it stops there. Nobody else entitled to know what goes on. The wall was designed to create that effect. There has to be other reasons for the wall, too, folks, and I don’t know what they were. We could all just speculate. You know, your guess would be as good as mine, but obviously this wall was to cover something up. There’s no question to me. Ronald Reagan said, “Tear down this wall.” Bill Clinton said, “Cover up this wall.” You can just fill in the blanks yourself as to what they were trying to cover up or what they were trying to protect or what have you. But the real irony is now, that had the Able Danger group shared the information with the FBI, it would not have been illegal. It would be no different if you learned of it and decided to pass it on to law enforcement authorities. There was no criminal investigation going on, and as such, there was no prohibition against passing this information along. So you have to look: “Okay, why wasn’t it passed along? Why was nobody interested in it?” and it takes me back to something. I’m throwing it up a against the wall here hoping it will stick, but I bet this is a pretty educated guess. I think it’s because the Clinton administration didn’t want to deal with it; they didn’t want to know if there were terrorists and terrorist cells on our shores. They weren’t interested in it. They would have to deal with it if that were learned, if that were discovered — and remember, the entirety of the Clinton administration in the nineties was to shelve all the big ideas and to focus on little accomplishments and little things and build them up and make them sound like big things and try to promote this whole mentality of the “peace dividend.” The Cold War was over. “We don’t face danger anymore. We can take the peace dividend and we can put it into schools and we can spend it here; we can spend it there, whatever we want to do! We have the roaring economy,” and everybody just wanted to be hunky-dory and fine.
Nobody even cared to learn that Clinton was doing what he was doing. The impeachment was not even all that popular. They were probably also afraid of another reaction after Waco. You know, the Waco invasion where Janet Reno ended up torching the Branch Davidian compound. That was not all that big a PR venture and gain for the Clinton administration. They weren’t harmed as much by that. Had it been a Republican administration that did it… But they didn’t want to deal with it. I don’t think they wanted any part of it, because, A, Waco is part of it but I don’t think they wanted to deal with big things. I don’t think they wanted serious challenges, and certainly not in 1999, not in 1999-2000 when Clinton is getting ready to leave office. He’s just trying to pad that legacy and build it up. So it’s fascinating here — and then you get to the 9/11 Commission itself, and if you ask me — and you do, and you have, because you’re listening. If you ask me the 9/11 Commission ought to be profoundly embarrassed. The 9/11 Commission didn’t want any part of it, either. This is the interesting thing. The staff heard about it; it upset their agenda. Whatever their agenda was — you fill in that blank however you wish — but it didn’t fit with what they already had about Atta. It didn’t fit with what they already were going to do. They were set to blame this on an intelligence failure; they were going to make the CIA or somebody else take the fall for this, and all their lack of connecting the dots — and don’t forget there was a sub-agenda. The Democrats on that committee led by Gorelick and Richard Ben-Veniste were trying to blame all this on the Bush administration.
And so I want to know which staffers. I’d like to know who the staffers were that were privy to this information and passed on it. I want to know if they were staffers to the Democrats or staffers to the Republicans. I really would like to know that, and I’d like to know what the commissioners actually knew and didn’t know, because it is clear, this information makes an absolute joke of the 9/11 Commission, because they ignored a serious piece was information. They focused on something that turns out not to have been the major problem. They wrote a report, and then arrogantly demanded that the Congress implement