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Friday, August 12, 2005

Only a 9-11 Would Have Prompted Action

"Politics trumps policing" according to Michael Ledeen.

Ledeen has a "humorous" conversation with the late James Jesus Angleton (the superspy) conjured up from a ouija board. The focus of their conversation is this feigned shock shown by 9-11 Committee members over the reports that law enforcement operatives knew of Atta's al Qaeda cel acting within the US prior to 9-11. Apparently, this information was gleaned back then from open sources. The information was not passed on to government intelligence because of the assumed "wall" created by Janet Reno.

Ledeen believes that the information was not passed on more so because the politicians would never act decisively on it. The important section of this conversation with the dead goes:

JJA: There was no legality that prevented them from pointing out the significance of the data to anyone — law enforcement or Army cook. It’s just nonsense. Some prissy lawyer in the JAG undoubtedly lectured these guys about spreading sensitive information, but at the end of the day, that wasn’t decisive. Their superiors blocked the analysis for a much more important reason: It didn’t fit with what the policymakers wanted to believe.

ML: I think I understand. You’re saying that Clinton, Berger, and the others didn’t want to have to act against terrorist groups inside the United States, so the system didn’t send them information...

JJA: That would have compelled them to take action. It’s very bad for your career to tell the policymakers things they don’t want to hear. But don’t personalize this: It wasn’t just Clinton, Berger, and the others around them; it went on for decades. Even Reagan basically didn’t want to do anything about terrorism. It goes back a long time.

Now that we are acting in response to 9-11 and more shared intelligence, we see that the politicians were correct in predicting what political fall-out would have occurred had they arrested, deported or killed the cells. Can you see the NYT headlines and hear the Michael Moores had Carter, Reagan, Bush41, Clinton or the newly elected-Bush 43 actually acted to protect us?

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