Evidence Suggests CIA Purposefully Spiked Investigations

Source: scoop.co.nz

Monday, 27 August 2007, 11:11 am

Dear Members of the Press:

A grave miscarriage of justice is afoot. After years being withheld the Administration finally is forced to release the CIA's IG Report on 9/11. While earlier news accounts said the report would be released in early September it was released in the middle of a Congressional recess, in the middle of a Summer break, thus insuring it will not receive the attention it deserves. Worse still is the conclusion in most press reports since its release that bolsters the official narrative ie. that all the myriad failures were simply due to 'systemic failure' and/or incompetence.

The circumstantial evidence running contrary to this conclusion is compelling and convincing.

It appears that Al-Hazmi and Al-Mihdhar were being protected by higher ups in the CIA. Respected author Joe Trento has reported that they were working for Saudi Intelligence. Others reported the two were removed from the watchlist two days before 9/11. I don't know if either was the case. It is clear however that there was a concerted effort to protect them similar in some respects to the way authorities in FBI HQ refused to allow Rowley and company in Minnesota to go into Mousaoui's laptop computer or how higher ups prevented Robert Wright in Chicago from going after the money trail of Yassin Al-Kadi (Qadi) who financed the software company Ptech and the terrorist group Hamas and who was later named a /Specially Designated Global Terrorist/ by President Bush in October of 2001.

There is a pattern here that cannot be adequately explained by charges of 'systemic failure' or incompetence. As Kristen Breitweiser has suggested, something else is going on, and the repeated missed opportunities (She has documented 7) and blocked communications suggests something "purposeful" on the part of authorities. The IG Report says 60 agents reviewed the Intel about the two.

Please review the statement below made by 9/11 widow Kristen Breitweiser and by Investigative Journalist Michael Isikoff of Newsweek. These are merely jumping off points to following a trail few have had the courage to examine closely and relentlessly until answers to the questions raised by Kristen and others are answered. In the wake of 9/11, billions of dollars, the lives of soldiers and the Constitution are being sacrificed. Let not truth be sacrificed as well, not when it comes to what happened on September 11th, 2001.

Thank you.

Kyle F. Hence Co-Producer, 9/11: Press for Truth http://www.911pressfortruth.com

*Statement of Kristen Breitweiser, Co-Chairperson, September 11 Advocates Concerning the Joint 9/11 Inquiry Senate Select Committee on Intelligence House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence September 18, 2002 * [snip] Perhaps even more disturbing is the information regarding Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaf Alhazmi, two of the hijackers. in late August, the CIA asked the INS to put these two men on a watchlist because of their ties to the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. On August 23, 2001, the INS informed the CIA that both men had already slipped into the country. Immediately thereafter, the CIA asked the FBI to find al-Midhar and Alhazmi. Not a seemingly hard task in light of the fact that one of them was listed in the San Diego phone book, the other took out a bank account in his own name, and finally, an FBI informant happened to be their roommate. [snip]*

Later after three more years of connecting dots, Kristen Breitweiser wrote in Huffington Post, August 20, 2005

[snip] Additionally, when one carefully reads the 9/11 chronology and information provided in the public record, it becomes increasingly clear that the CIA´s repeated failure to share information with the FBI about two of the 9/11 hijackers-al Mihdhar and al Hazmi-- was purposeful. There exists at least seven instances between January 2000 and September 11th, 2001, that the CIA withheld vital information from the FBI about these two hijackers who were inside this country training for the attacks. Once, twice, maybe even three times could be considered merely careless oversights. But at least seven documented times? To me, that suggests something else. (To read about these instances, I suggest you read 9/11 materials relating to the "watchlisting issue" involving al Mihdhar and al Hazmi which is a story so detailed, that it deserves its own lengthy blog.) [snip]

*From an interview with Newsweek Investigative Reporter Michael Isikoff for the documentary, 9/11: Press for Truth http://www.911pressfortruth.com :*

MICHAEL ISIKOFF: The CIA learned about this meeting. It arranged for it to be under surveillance by the Malaysian special branch... The CIA subsequently learned within days that... Almihdhar and Alhazmi were headed for the United States. ...An FBI detailee who knew about this at the Counter Terrorism Center of the CIA drafted a cable to alert the FBI, and that cable was quashed by superiors at the CIA.

Tenet is a liar

One would think more people would be upset with Tenet's brazen lies. He even had the nerve to publish a book about how unfairly he was treated. Poor guy.

If Tenet truly believed the FBI knew about al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar wouldn't he have asked for fairly frequent status reports? Wouldn't he have been extremely curious to know what they were plotting? Of course! His explanations are garbage.

Tenet must go to jail

When asked about one of the cables we now know up to 60 CIA officers read, Tenet told the Congressional Inquiry: "I know that nobody read that cable." Pressed by Senator Levin, he lied again: "Nobody read that cable in the March time frame." Asked once more, he repeated the lie: "nobody read that information-only cable."

Tenet was under oath and he must go to jail for these lies.

The question is, why was he lying and why was the CIA doing everything it could to protect Almihdhar and Alhazmi?

Slightly off topic: At the 11 June meeting Clark Shannon took out a picture of Khalid Almihdhar, showed it the FBI Cole investigators and asked them if they recognised Fahad al-Quso in it. This is unbelievably stupid. How is the FBI supposed to identify al-Quso in a photo of Almihdhar? This is so dumb not even Lawrence Wright believes it.

Also slightly off topic: as the CIA's representative to the FBI, in late August 2001 Tom Wilshire received a suggestion that failed millennium bomber Ahmed Ressam be asked about Almihdhar. Ressam was never asked, if he had been and had been asked about Moussaoui as well, he would have identified Moussaoui as someone who had trained with al-Qaeda, after which there would be nothing even FBI headquarters could do to stop Moussaoui's belongings being searched and the plot rolled up. I have to wonder what Wilshire did with the suggestion, as there's no evidence to suggest he passed it on.

It is well-past time for the REAL 9/11 INVESTIGATION.

Now is the time...

and the well-known items in this report from Mr. Hence (that have been known for quite some time) are for the new investigative team to look into...


The rogues must be brought to justice...


More smoke and mirrors

This "bolsters the official narrative" too... Was 9/11 an inside job or not? if it was, all of the above is entirely misleading as it suggest that there had been a real plot from real muslim terrorists which intentionally or not wasn't averted...but I guess its the intent.

Airplane IV

One of the things that gets me most about this is that Tom Wilshire, the CIA officer involved in the failed watchlisting of in January 2000 and instrumental in the failure to do anything about the hijackers in the summer of 2001, was also involved in the failure to obtain a warrant to search Zacarias Moussaoui's belongings. Here is his substitution for testimony at the Moussaoui trial:

It is hard to tell what influence he had on the Moussaoui case. However, in an e-mail Wilshire wrote that is attached to the substitution for testimony he describes the Minneapolis field office that arrested Moussaoui as the "Minneapolis Airplane IV crowd." To me, that looks like a derogatory reference, and indicates he did not support them, although most other CIA officers did. For example, in contrast, as revealed in George Tenet's recent book, another CIA officer detailed to the FBI became really angry with FBI headquarters over its handling of the Moussaoui case and correctly predicted that Moussaoui intended to fly a plane into the White House.

More info about the CIA hiding Almmihdhar and Alhazmi:

More info about Tom Wilshire specifically:

CIA Director Warned Congress About 9/11 Attacks

"I spoke with Congressman Ike Skelton—a Democrat from Missouri and a member of the Armed Services Committee—who said that just recently the Director of the CIA warned that there could be an attack—an imminent attack—on the United States of this nature. So this is not entirely unexpected."
The Memory Hole, CIA Director Warned Congress About 9/11 Attacks, http://www.thememoryhole.org

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