More Comments on Recently Released FBI 9/11 Report
FBI inspector generalâ€™s report: more evidence of government complicity in 9/11 attacks
This article is in response to the report entitled 'A Review of the FBI's Handling of Intelligence Information Related to the September 11 Attacks' released by the FBI. For those interested you can download the 328 page report here.
A report released June 9 by the FBIâ€™s Office of the Inspector General raises new questions about the role of the US government in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The initial media commentary invariably voiced the now-standard claim that the FBI and CIA were guilty of a â€œfailure to connect the dots,â€ due to bureaucratic lethargy, individual incompetence, inter-agency rivalries, even poorly performing software systems. This presentation of events is utterly unserious.
The US intelligence apparatus is the most powerful instrument for spying in the world, not a group of Keystone Cops. If it ignored warnings and suppressed information, a legitimate presumption is that it did so willfully. The question must be posed: did one or more agencies or high-level officials provide protection for known Al Qaeda associates who ultimately participated in the hijack-bombings?
Exactly who knew what, and at what level of the government, is not yet clear. But the political benefits of 9/11 for the Bush administration are undeniable. It used the terrorist attacks as a lever to swing American public opinion behind a major shift in policy, both foreign and domestic. Without 9/11, it would have been politically impossible for the government to embark on military interventions in Central Asia and the Middle East and launch an unprecedented attack on civil liberties at home.
The FBI inspector generalâ€™s report reveals for the first time that the CIA not only failed to inform the FBI about Mihdhar, but that CIA officials intervened to suppress a memorandum drafted by an FBI agent detailed to the CIA-run Counter-Terrorism Center (CTC), who wanted to notify the FBI about the suspected terrorist with a US visa. The blow-by-blow account of this incident in the FBI report strongly implies a CIA cover-up.
Without 9/11, there would be no US occupation of Iraq, putting an American army squarely at the center of the worldâ€™s largest pool of oil. Without 9/11, there would be no US bases across Central Asia, guarding the second largest source of oil and gas. And without 9/11, the Bush administration would have been unable to sustain itself politically, faced with a deteriorating economy and widespread opposition to its tax cuts for millionaires and social measures to appease the fundamentalist Christian Right.