If Innocent Mistakes Led to 9/11, Would the Government Have PROMOTED the People Who Made the Mistakes?

I have previously argued that - if 9/11 really happened because "no one could have imagined" that terrorists would slam planes into buildings, and that honest "mistakes were made" - then the government would have fixed the problems which led to the security breach -- especially the simple fixes.

Similarly, if 9/11 was caused made by mistakes by government employees, the government would have fired or demoted the people who made the mistakes. At the very least, the wouldn't give the people who made the mistakes even more power, right?

But that's exactly what the White House has done. For example:

  • An FBI official who tolerates penetration of the translation department by Turkish spies and encourages slow translations just after 9/11 is promoted (see this and this)
  • The CIA promoted two unnamed top leaders of its unit responsible for tracking al-Qaeda in 2000 even though the unit mistakenly failed to put the two suspected terrorists on the watch list. “The leaders were promoted even though some people in the intelligence community and in Congress say the counterterrorism unit they ran bore some responsibility for waiting until August 2001 to put the suspect pair on the interagency watch list.”

Research credit goes to Cooperative Research and its 9/11 Timeline.

One missing - Rich B

Rich B has not yet been added to the promotions entry - we are doing more about him now. His name is Rich B. You can find the entity here:

Basically, he was the head of Alec Station, the CIA's bin Laden unit on 9/11. He was deeply involved in hiding information from the FBI about Khalid Almihdhar, Nawaf Alhazmi and Khallad bin Attash - information that would have allowed the FBI to break up the plot. By late August 2001 he knew there would be a big al-Qaeda attack, knew Almihdhar would probably be involved and thought the attack would be in the US. His unit also knew Almihdhar was in the US, did he know that too?

After 9/11, he was promoted to Station Chief in Kabul in the middle of the battle of Tora Bora, during which bin Laden escaped. The guy he replaced, Gary Berntsen, pushed hard for the deployment of US troops, which would have probably captured bin Laden. Rich B's position on using US troops is not known.

Rich B is also the CIA officer who initiated the ramping up of its now infamous extraordinary rendition programme, when he took the first high-ranking al-Qaeda detainee, Ibn Shaykh al-Libi, away from the FBI (he was telling the FBI about Zacarias Moussaoui and Richard Reid) and shipped him to Egypt, "in a box" allegedly.

His real identity is not known, but he is reported to be the son of a "controversial" former officer from the CIA's early days, just possibly Bay of Pigs architect Richard Bissell, Jr.


It happens all the time.

Bush got the biggest promotion.

He got "re-elected".

These are after all higly profitable "mistakes".

For some.

And he expressed his gratitude to those people in New Orleans - Katrina....

End of sarcasm.

The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at it