Grayson slams mosque ‘distraction’: Talk about admin that ‘let’ 9/11 happen instead

By Stephen C. Webster
Saturday, August 21st, 2010

The debate over a planned Islamic community center several blocks from New York City's World Trade Center site is a "distraction," according to Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL).

Instead, the debate should shift in focus to an examination of the administration which "let it happen."

'It,' of course, being the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The remark was made during a Friday appearance on MSNBC's The Ed Show with former liberal talk radio host Ed Schultz.

“If we are going to talk about 9/11, why don’t we talk about how not so much the people who died on 9/11 were disgraced by the possibility of an Islamic athletic center several blocks away; how about the fact that they were disgraced by a president who let it happen?" he asked. "Who went on vacation for the entire month of August after he was warned in writing that Osama bin Laden was actually finding targets in NYC and learning how to take these planes and do terrible things with them? The thing itself said ‘hijacking’ and they did nothing about it."

He called talk of the Islamic community center mere "distraction" from real issues facing Americans.

Unanswered questions

In its report on the devastating attacks, the 9/11 Commission wrote:

[President Bush] did not recall discussing the August 6 report with the Attorney General or whether Rice had done so. We have found no indication of any further discussion before September 11 among the President and his top advisers of the possibility of a threat of an al Qaeda attack in the United States. ...Tenet does not recall any discussions with the President of the domestic threat during this period. Domestic agencies did not know what to do, and no one gave them direction. The borders were not hardened. Transportation systems were not fortified. Electronic surveillance was not targeted against a domestic threat. State and local law enforcement were not marshaled to augment the FBI’s efforts. The public was not warned.

In 2008, Philip Shenon, who covered the 9/11 Commission proceedings for the New York Times, published a book called, The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation, in which he revealed the uncomfortably close ties between the commission's executive director, Philip Zelikow, and Bush advisers Karl Rove and Condoleezza Rice.

The following year it was revealed that the commission's crucial chapters, detailing the planning and execution of the attacks, was sourced namely on information obtained through torture.

9/11 Commission members Thomas Kean and Lee H. Hamilton wrote that although US President George W. Bush had ordered all executive branch agencies to cooperate with the probe, “recent revelations that the CIA destroyed videotaped interrogations of Qaeda operatives leads us to conclude that the agency failed to respond to our lawful requests for information about the 9/11 plot.”

“Those who knew about those videotapes — and did not tell us about them — obstructed our investigation.”

They continued: “There could have been absolutely no doubt in the mind of anyone at the CIA — or the White House — of the commission’s interest in any and all information related to Qaeda detainees involved in the 9/11 plot.

“Yet no one in the administration ever told the commission of the existence of videotapes of detainee interrogations,” Kean and Hamilton wrote.

Just four days ago, two tapes that were supposedly destroyed, depicting the interrogations of a Sept. 11 suspect, were discovered under a desk at the CIA. Dozens of other tapes that captured the waterboarding and torture of other prisoners were allegedly destroyed.

In a telephone survey of 1200 individuals, just 47% agreed that “the 9/11 attacks were thoroughly investigated and that any speculation about US government involvement is nonsense.” Almost as many, 45%, indicated they were more likely to agree “that so many unanswered questions about 9/11 remain that Congress or an International Tribunal should re-investigate the attacks, including whether any US government officials consciously allowed or helped facilitate their success.”

This video is from MSNBC's The Ed Show, as snipped by Mediaite.

With additional reporting by RAW STORY.

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Grayson is making it partisan

The fact is that both parties have covered up the truth about 9/11. The CIA initially withheld information about al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar when Clinton was still in office. Two key officials (George Tenet and Richard Clarke) were members of both Presidential administrations. Both have claimed they were aware of the threat posed by al Qaeda. Yet neither has ever offered a convincing explanation for the strange government conduct in regard to al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar.

One question for all the people outraged by the Islamic community center-Why aren't you upset that US officials obstructed al Qaeda related investigations?

Prior knowledge of murder.... is murder.

The most likely purpose of such widespread publicity of the "intent to build of a mosque" at Ground Zero is to maintain the artificial public perception, fostered by the powers-that-be, with the media in tow, for decades, between Muslims and terrorism. In this case it is most likely to reinforce the publicly perceived connection between 9/11 and Islam. In the absence of hard evidence and the gradual but relentless erosion of the credibility of the original "19 hijackers and Osama bin Laden" conspiracy theory, news items are being manufactured to get the public "back on track". The US corporate media, naturally, are running with this story... surprise surprise(!!!!).

The weasels and false patriots on both the "left" and "right" will decry such notions and resort to the usual 7th grade "conspiracy theory" knee-jerks/accusations. Indoctrination/manipulation and dumbing down is one necessary ingredient in the recipe for the "endless war" agenda, into which Americans have (largely unwittingly) invested trillions since WWII.


As regards the notion of "Let It Happen": Legally, it is the virtual equivalent of "Make It Happen". "Accessory before the fact" , (and "accessory after the fact") to a crime... (ie prior and post knowledge of the crime) is regarded in US (and UK) law as a crime of the same gravity as actually perpetrating the crime itself, and such a crime is subject to similar degrees of punishment and sentences. I recall reading recently that "accessory to murder" in NY State might be a potential capital offense in that state.... watch your back, Rudy....

Whether the perps were "OBL and 19 Islamic hijackers", or "other parties unknown", any member of the prior administration, other politicians (or the intelligence services, US military, law enforcement , etc) who knew in advance could in theory be charged with such a crime. It should be straightforward for any competent lawyer or (team of lawyers) to prove prior knowledge without a shadow of a doubt. There is hard evidence, as well as a vast quantity of circumstantial evidence... as well as numerous witnesses. All it would take is the will to go ahead with pressing charges ... and therein lies the problem. ....

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If Grayson continues to

expose the 9.11 lie, I am going to proclaim him America's Bravest & Best Politican.

Its not a Mosque

Its a community centre with prayer rooms.

There is a difference.

This man has to be informed on Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth - and have his eyes opened up a bit more.

Then he will have much stronger words to say.

re: They let it happen, NOT TRUE!

The author says that “they let happen”, but after going through all of the information available for the attacks on 9/11 from US government documents and investigations it looks like that they “MADE SURE” it was going to happen.

The CIA had hidden the information on Mihdhar and Hazmi for almost 21 months before the attacks on 9/11 had taken place, even committing numerous criminal acts to obstruct the FBI Cole bombing investigation and keep them from finding out about Mihdhar and Hazmi. But what is even more horrific, is that the CIA, including Tom Wilshire, and the rest of the CIA and FBI HQ agents that had been subjugated by the CIA, Dina Corsi and Rod Middleton found out that Mihdhar and Hazmi were inside of the US on August 22-23, 2001, they all knew these long time al Qaeda terrorists were in the US only in order to take part in a massive al Qaeda attack that the CIA and FBI HQ had been warned about since April 2001. But instead of alerting anyone in the FBI that could have stopped these attacks, they keep this information secret and even they shut down the investigation of Mihdhar and Hazmi by FBI Agent Steve Bongardt on August 28, 2001 ,when he accidently found out both Mihdhar and Hazmi were inside of the US, with the reason that the information Bongardt would need would have to come from the NSA, information that was restricted by a NSA caveat from going to FBI criminal investigators.

But the request for FBI Agent Dina Corsi to send this very information to these FBI criminal Cole bombing investigators in New York had been approved on August 27, 2001 by the NSA, the day before she shuts down his investigation. When Bongardt protested and said the only reason this information could be withheld from him and his team was because it had been obtained using a FISA warrant, and asked the FBI HQ agent Dina Corsi to get a legal ruling from the NSLU, the FBI legal unit, to see he and his team can investigate and search for Mihdhar and Hazmi, he is told by Corsi on August 29, 2001 that the NSLU had ruled that neither he nor his team would be allowed to investigate Mihdhar and Hazmi.

But according to the 9/11 Commission report page 538, footnote 81, the attorney who ruled in this issue, Sherry Sabol, had told the FBI HQ agent Dina Corsi, that since the information had no connection to any FISA warrant, Bongardt and his team could take part in any investigation of Mihdhar and Hazmi. This information was never communicated to either Bongardt or anyone on his team.

What is even more horrific is that Corsi knew according to page 302 of the DOJ IG report that the CIA had been deliberately hiding the photograph of Walid Bin Attash taken at Kuala Lumpur from Bongardt and his team, a photograph that directly connected both Mihdhar and Hazmi to the planning for the Cole bombing, who were at the same meeting. Since this is a crime, Corsi had no legitimate reason to sabotage Bongardt’s investigation of Mihdhar and Hazmi, and knew it

What is even more horrific is after Bongardt’s investigation is shut down, and the investigation on Mihdhar and Hazmi is given to the most junior FBI investigator in the New York intelligence unit, Robert Fuller, Fuller calls Corsi on September 5, 2001, and tells her he has gotten nowhere and needs more information after failing to find any information on Mihdhar or Hazmi in Choicepoint, the FBI data base He asks Corsi to be allowed to contact Saudi Arabian Airlines to get Mihdhar’s credit card number. When Corsi refuses to give him permission to get this information, Fuller’s investigation fails, and he gets nowhere by September 11, 2001.

Almost 3000 people are murdered when first Bongardt’s investigation and then Fullers’ investigations are shut down by FBI HQ and this has never been explained by the 9/11 Commission when they had the exact same documents that are listed right here. The book “Prior Knowledge of 9/11” has all of this information, and much more on how and why the CIA and FBI HQ deliberately allowed the al Qaeda terrorists to carry out the attacks on 9/11.