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CIA 9/11 Report Stirring the Pot?

Paper: Tenet won't become fall guy for 9/11 intelligence

George Tenet will not let himself become the "fall guy" for 9/11 intelligence failures, according to a former intelligence officer and a source friendly to Mr. Tenet, the conservative Washington Times asserted Thursday.
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"The report, delivered to Congress this week, recommends punitive sanctions for Mr. Tenet, former Deputy Director of Operations James L. Pavitt and former counter-terrorist center head J. Cofer Black," Roberts writes. "Mr. Tenet's response to the report is a 20-page, tightly knitted rebuttal of responsibility prepared with the aid of a lawyer, according to the friendly source."

New Orleans Disaster - Yet Another Failure

"No one can say they didn't see it coming"

A year ago the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed to study how New Orleans could be protected from a catastrophic hurricane, but the Bush administration ordered that the research not be undertaken. After a flood killed six people in 1995, Congress created the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project, in which the Corps of Engineers strengthened and renovated levees and pumping stations. In early 2001, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a report stating that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in U.S., including a terrorist attack on New York City. But by 2003 the federal funding for the flood control project essentially dried up as it was drained into the Iraq war. In 2004, the Bush administration cut the Corps of Engineers' request for holding back the waters of New Orleans' Lake Pontchartrain by more than 80 percent. Additional cuts at the beginning of this year (for a total reduction in funding of 44.2 percent since 2001) forced the Corps to impose a hiring freeze. The Senate had debated adding funds for fixing New Orleans levees, but it was too late.

9/11 Congressional Hearing on CSPAN Tonight

Visit cspan.org for more info, or click the image above to get the live stream from CSPAN.

Don't foget to catch the second half on Friday as well.

Back Home Safe and Sound

What was meant to be a quick trip to Atlanta turned into a much longer absence. Basically I was leaving Baton Rouge to go to Atlanta on Friday, and was to return on Sunday. I finally made it back today (Wednesday).

For anyone interested, there was no damage to any of my personal property, and everything is in the same working order as it was when I left. On the other hand, the city of Baton Rouge (where I am) is in disarray from hour long lines for gas to large amounts of homeless being bused in from what used to be the largest city in Louisiana, New Orleans.

I am very thankful to be safe myself, but I am also very concerned as to the impact that will be felt throughout the state from this massive hurricane.

Open Thread

I will be out of pocket for a bit this weekend, post away!

9/11 Accusations Fly Within CIA

9/11 Accusations Fly Within CIA - CBS News

CIA Director Porter Goss must decide whether to heed the recommendation of his top watchdog to hold disciplinary reviews for current and former officials who were involved in faulty intelligence efforts before the Sept. 11 attacks.

But CBS News has learned that all of the former top CIA officials singled out in the inspector general's report have already filed strong rebuttals to the agency.

The officials named in the report — including former CIA Director George Tenet — view the inspector general's report as "wrongheaded and wildly off the mark," a former intelligence official told CBS News correspondent Peter Maer.

Los Angeles Times Issues Major 9/11 Interview With David Ray Griffin

Getting Agnostic About 9/11 - A society of nonbelievers questions the official version
All I can say is wow, someone in the media finally has the balls to bring to light the flaws in the official story of 9/11. The article features a brief introduction followed by a great interview with David Ray Griffin, be sure to read the whole thing.

Anyone who types the words "9/11" and "conspiracy" into an online search engine soon learns that not everybody buys the official narrative of what took place on Sept. 11, 2001. As a professor emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology, 66-year-old David Ray Griffin would seem to have more affinity for leather elbow patches than tin hats, yet after friends and colleagues prodded him into sifting through the evidence, he experienced a conversion. Now he's spreading the bad news. Griffin compiled a summary of material arguing against the accepted story that 19 hijackers sent by Osama bin Laden took the aviation system and the U.S. military by surprise that awful day in his 2004 book "The New Pearl Harbor" (published by Interlink, a Massachusetts-based independent publisher covering areas including travel, cooking, world fiction, current events, politics, children's literature and other subjects). He recently followed up with the book "The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions" (Interlink), a critique of the Kean commission document in which he suggests that a chunk of the blame for the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil lies closer to home than the caves of Afghanistan. We contacted him at his Santa Barbara-area home for a report on his journey from mild-mannered scholar to doubting Thomas.

DailyKos Diary Member Tackles Able Danger Scandal

Must Read! The Neo-Con Able Danger Scandal -- Atta Coverup! UPDATE 5

Intel agents Tony Shaffer and Scott Philpott have confirmed Rep. Weldon's claims that a chart with Atta's face, soon the photos of 3 other members of the 9-11 terror team, were known to DIA team Able Danger by early 2000.

This diary will show that Pete Schoomaker and Philip Zelikow are two of the main Perpetraitors in this scandal, that they deliberately withheld information from the President of the United States that would have prevented 9/11, that they and their neo-con rulers Let It Happen On Purpose.

Upcoming Events for 9/11/2005

Boulder, CO

Email Quote:

I am pleased to announce that Colorado 9-11 Visibility will be holding a Rally For The Truth on Sunday, September 11th, 2005, 1:00-4:00 p.m. in Boulder Colorado, across from the Boulder County Courthouse (between 13th and 14th streets and on the south side of Spruce facing the Pearl Street Mall). This is without a doubt, the most important day of the year for those of us seeking the truth about 9-11 and we're taking it to the streets! Please join us in attendance to honor those killed on that day and to demand a real investigation into the crimes of 9-11.

Jersey Girls Sick and Tired of 9/11 CIA Report Being Blocked

Regarding the Release of the CIA Inspector General's Report post- 9/11

Statement of September 11th Advocates
For Immediate Release -- August 25, 2005

We are deeply disturbed to learn that an investigation of the CIA, conducted at the direction of the Joint House and Senate Congressional Intelligence Committees in 2002, will not be declassified and released as soon as possible.

This report presumably discusses failures within the CIA and identifies performance deficiencies among high-ranking CIA officials. The findings in this report must be shared with all members of Congress and with the American public to ensure that the problems identified are addressed and corrected, thus moving to restore faith in this agency.

Conservative Magazine Covers William Rodriguez Press Conference

William Rodriguez, a 9-11 Survivor - The Conservative Voice

A press release was sent to all of the print media in the Chicago area about a month in advance of this event. There was a very tiny isolated notice about the event in one of the Chicago papers. Surely the local newspapers would wish to interview the participants on such an important subject as 9-11. But, only one Hispanic television station sent a journalist and a camera. So we must assume that the other Chicago news organizations have already determined exactly what they desire their readers to believe about 9-11. Let's not deviate from the government version and confuse people with the truth!

Editorial Cartoon from Today

Great new cartoon I came across today on Cagle's Political Cartoons. Who wants to guess how long before the Bush administration starts accussing decenting Americans of having forgotten about 9/11?

Weird how Bush didn't carry the very state in which 9/11 occurred in the 2004 election, I guess they have all forgotten about 9/11 too. Funny how that works.
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David Ray Griffin, Jenna Orkin, and Ray McGovern Videos from Truth Emergency

 

truthemergency.us has just posted a few videos that are worth checking out. Griffin does a great speech on Iraq, 9/11, and how theology lies with the actions of the Bush administration, while Jenna Orkin discusses the environmental disaster which occurred on 9/11.

You can find their video downloads page

Massive Post Vacation Grab Bag

I really hate to do this, but quite simply I cannot catch up on the articles which came out while I was gone quick enough. I have more stuff than I can go through right now, so instead of gradually posting and commenting on articles over the next week I am going to just dump a load of recent 9/11 related articles in this post vacation grab bag.

Article on Upcoming 9/11 Congressional Hearing Being Aired on CSPAN

C-SPAN/2 BROADCAST OF CONGRESSWOMAN'S BRIEFING ON 9-11

C-SPAN/2 will be broadcasting McKinney's full event on August 31, 2005 from 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm and from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am on September 2, 2005. It is broken into two parts as described here.

Regardless of your political party, I encourage everyone to watch this briefing:

(1) to look at what hard evidence is available;

(2) the sources of such documentation and whether or not it is credible;

Upcoming 9/11 Researchers on RBN Live Radio

I just got word about two upcoming interviews on the National Intel Report with John Stadtmiller. His show airs from 4-6pm CST (5-7pm EST). You can stream it live and check out the schedule on their site below:
rbnlive.com

Here are the guests:
Aug. 24th - Eric Hufschmid
(Author of Paiful Questions and Painful Deceptions)

Aug. 29th (2nd hour) - David Ray Griffin
(Author of The 9/11 Commission Report: Ommissions and Distortions)

9/11 Truth Reaches Camp Casey

Ward Reilly, left, of Baton Rouge, La., and Andrea Garland, right, of New Orleans, light candles at their camp site on the side of the road near the ranch of President Bush, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005, in Crawford, Texas. The two are members of Cindy Sheehan's legal counsel and have been camping at the site with her. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

This is quite exciting to see. Great to see those seeking 9/11 truth taking action and visiting Camp Casey!

More More More on Able Danger

Today on my way back to town I took the time to listen to Sean Hannity (yes, that Sean Hannity). What caught my attention was that he was talking about the 9/11 coverup! I was unfortunately dismayed to hear that his only arguement of a 9/11 coverup was the recently popular 'Able Danger' articles. Hannity told his listeners that this was proof positive of Clinton knowing about the 9/11 Hijackers prior to 9/11 and doing nothing to stop it. Now I'm not here to get caught up in the left/right paradigm of politics, and I'm definately not here to defend Clinton, but the irony of his statements were worth mentioning. While I can't find a transcript of his show, here is a brief paraphrase of what he was spewing from his mouth, hopefully you can see the irony.

Out of Town - Open Thread

Welp, yours truly is taking his first vacation of the year.. I will be back on Tuesday.

Please post anything that comes up while I am gone. I may have dial-up or wifi access, but no promises, so post what comes up that I might miss!

Song of the Day - Iraq, Oil, and 9/11

David Rovics - Operation Iraqi Liberation

I thought this song would be a very appropriate follow-up to my post last night. Check it out.

New Iraqi War Documents - How Do They Relate To 9/11

Today new documents related to the planning of the war in Iraq were released. These new documents show quite succinctly that the initial planning for the war in Iraq began within 3 to 7 weeks after 9/11. These new revelations further go to show that statements made by Richard Clarke (and others) that Iraq, not Al-Queda, was the word on Bush and Rumsfeld's lips on 9/11 were almost definately true.

How do these new revelations relate to 9/11?

San Diego City Beat Interviews Paul Thompson

Thompson’s timeline - Pacific Beach author takes aim at 9/11 and the government stupor that colored it

Last month, he testified at a congressional briefing on the 9/11 Commission’s final report, the supposedly definitive account of the events leading up to the attacks. The latter assembly, formally called the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, said it sought political neutrality in its compilation of the document—but Thompson contends that the report is a wholly bipartisan effort, greatly sanitized amid the 10 commissioners’ political affiliations.

Nafeez Ahmed Comments on 'Able Danger' and the 9/11 Commission Whitewash

Whitewashing the Protection of Terrorists on US Soil - Rawstory.com

But all this is academic. Mohamed Atta was never a green-card holder. Worse still, he never had a valid entry visa. On the contrary, in January 2001, Atta was permitted reentry into the United States after a trip to Germany, despite being in violation of his visa status. He had landed in Miami on January 10 on a flight from Madrid on a tourist visa - yet he had told immigration inspectors that he was taking flying lessons in the US, for which an M-1 student visa is strictly required.

September 11th Advocates Respond to Colonel Shaffer's Comments on Able Danger

Statement of September 11th Advocates -- Regarding Lt. Colonel Shaffer

For Immediate Release -- August 17, 2005

We would like to thank Lt. Colonel Anthony Shaffer for coming forward with invaluable information that could ultimately be used to help make our nation safer.

The mandate of the 9/11 Commission was to unearth these facts so as to provide the necessary fixes that would prevent, thwart or mitigate the results of another attack. We strongly disagree with Thomas Kean's and Lee Hamilton's latest conclusion that Able Danger "did not turn out to be historically significant, set against the larger context of U.S. policy and intelligence efforts that involved (Osama) bin Laden and al Qaeda." Clearly, knowledge of the hijackers whereabouts, one year prior to 9/11, would be of extreme relevance to the 9/11 story and would have bearings on recommendations put forth by the 9/11 Commission. It is, therefore, becoming increasingly apparent that the Commission failed in their obligation to the American Public and to those who lost their lives on 9/11.

Open Thread

Slow day today for 9/11 related news, asside from the continuing coverage of 'Able Danger'.

Have at it.