Feb 23 2010
It is so pre 9/11 now.
One of the tragedies that arose out of the NY Times’ erroneous reporting on the FISA-NSA changes made by President Bush in the after math of 3,000 people killed by terrorists on 9/11 was the idea we lost the trail of the soon-to-be mass murderers once they were in America. The 9/11 attackers were treated like criminal suspects and not as a group of enemy combatants on a mission of mass destruction, as wasÂ admitted by then head of the National Security Agency, General Michael Hayden:
On January 23rd, General Michael Hayden spoke to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Hayden informed us that his office has been operating under an executive order (EO#12333 from 1981) that gave the NSA the tools it is currently using â€” meaning the NSA wasnâ€™t suddenly unleashed to go marauding every Americanâ€™s privacy by George W. Bush.
â€œI [Hayden] testified in open session to the House Intel Committee in April of the year 2000. At the time, I created some looks of disbelief when I said that if Osama bin Laden crossed the bridge from Niagara Falls, Ontario to Niagara Falls, New York, there were provisions of U.S. law that would kick in, offer him protections and affect how NSA could now cover him.â€
He admits that we knew that Mohamed Atta and his crew were in the US. But he says that â€œwe did not know anything moreâ€ because prior to 9/11 â€œMohamed Atta and his fellow 18 hijackers would have been presumed to have been protected persons, U.S. persons, by NSA â€œ.
Emphasis mine. Yes folks, there were some in America who had tracked the 9/11 highkackers from their Hamburg, Germany cell to the US. And they picked them up occassionally talking to their handlers in Yemen. Again, from General Hayden:
In 1999, the NSA began monitoring a cell phone number in Yemen that served as a switchboard for al-Qaida. Among the callers who connected to this switchboard was a â€œKhalidâ€ in the United States. The NSA dropped surveillance of the caller for fear of violating FISA provisions on domestic spying. Khalid turned out to be Khalid al-Mihdhar, one of the 9-11 hijackers who took over American Airlines Flight 77 and flew it into the Pentagon.
Traveling overseas â€” for instance, to a terrorist conclave in Malaysia in 2000 â€” al-Mihdhar and fellow hijacker Nawaf al-Hazmi were under CIA surveillance. Back in the United States, however, FBI lawyers were reluctant to initiate a criminal investigation due to concerns about breaching the FISA wall between domestic and foreign intelligence.
President Bush took action to correct this pre 9/11 blindness because, in actuality, we did not lose the trail – we were forced by hysterically paranoid liberal policies to ignore the threat and pretend it was not coming. Thanks to liberal paranoia about being monitored by the government (something Obama has now himself proposed) 3,000 Americans died horribly as our commercial air planes were transformed into weapons of mass destruction and terror.
If there is a 9/11 truth to be known, it is the fact liberal and democrat leaders have been trying to force this country back into that same insane and suicidal posture. They want to treat enemy combatants (who are committing a war crime by concealing themselves among our citizens, without any formal uniform) as suspected criminals. They want to restore the paranoid wall of ignorance.
We saw this with the Christmas Day Bomber, where the man was mirandized and provided a lawyer, whereinÂ we lost 5 weeks obtaining perishable intelligence – allowing the bomber’s fellow attackers and handlers to run for cover and adjust their attack plans. We may have seen it in the Ft Hood Massacre as the administration prematurely closed up terrorist investigations into the killer Major Nidal Hasan as he conversed with a radical, American-born cleric in Yemen. The same cleric connected to Abdulmutallab, the Christmas Day Bomber.
And we seem to be seeing it again today, in the case of the NY Subway Bomber who pled guilty and finally, months too late, started talking:
The Afghan immigrant at the center of what the authorities described as one of the most serious threats to the United States since 9/11 pleaded guilty Monday to terrorism charges in what he said was a Qaeda plot to detonate a bomb in the New York subway.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said at a news conference in Washington that the Zazi case represented one of the most serious threats to the United States since the 9/11 attacks.
â€œWere it not for the combined efforts of the law enforcement and intelligence communities, it could have been devastating,â€ he said. â€œThis attempted attack on our homeland was real, it was in motion and it would have been deadly.â€
Throughout the 45-minute proceeding on Monday, Mr. Zazi seemed unaffected by his circumstances, even smiling through his dark beard on several occasions. And when he spoke, he did so in an unapologetic, matter-of-fact manner, explaining that he was driven to terrorism by his concerns about the United Statesâ€™ actions in Afghanistan.
In recent weeks, Mr. Zazi â€” who was born in Afghanistan, raised in Pakistan and later attended high school in Queens â€” had begun providing information to prosecutors as part of the initial stages of an agreement that led to his guilty plea on Monday, according to two people with knowledge of the case.
We are doing it again! We are allowing paranoid liberals to blind us to coming attacks. And the fools at the NY Times are applauding this as a success of liberal paranoid delusions.
Zazi was arrested and indicted in September 2009, 5 months ago. He is one of many expected attackers now aimed by al Qaeda at American civilians here inside our country. For all we know he could have led to the people behind the Christmas day bomber if he was interrogated as an enemy combatant. But he is only talking now – way too late to take action on anything he has to say. His allies have scattered to the wind.
No wonder he is smiling. He knows Eric Holder and his gang wasted precious time with Miranda rights and lawyers. We are blind once again to threat that is now amongst us, ready to strike.