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Senator Rand Paul Wants FBI Director Robert Mueller to Respond to Some Questions Before His Re-Confirmation

Senator Rand Paul sent a letter to Robert Mueller with some questions he would appreciate a response to.

"Why did FBI supervisors and lawyers block the search warrant sought by field
agents in Minnesota who believed that Zacarias Moussaoui was a terrorist who
might use a commercial airplane as a weapon in the weeks before September
11th? Why did the so--called "Phoenix memo," written by FBI agent Kenneth
Williams in July of 2001, which warned of an unusual number of young Arab men
seeking flight training in the U.S., never reach the highest levels of the FBI? Was
anyone ever disciplined, fired, or their career ended for these errors in judgment?"

Here's a link to Senator Rand Paul's letter:
http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/216473-rand-paul-letter-to-f-b-i-director-robert-mueller.html

He left off an important question

Why did the FBI UBLU unit obstruct the Cole investigation by withholding information about al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar?

UBLU IOS Dina Corsi blamed the "Gorelick wall" for her conduct but this explanation doesn't hold up. Here is FBI General Counsel Larry Parkinson on the sharing issue:

Parkinson was asked about the internal walls in Summer 2001. He was not personally involved in any advice regarding the search for Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar. During that time he had lots of discussions with Sherry Sabol and Tom Ainora regarding the lack of resources and sloppiness in FISA applications but none regarding the circumstances of the search effort. When told that Dina Corsi alleged that NSLU had told her that no criminal agents could be involved in the search for the two men and none could participate in any interview if they were found, Parkinson said he would be shocked if anyone in NSLU gave such advice. He said there would have been no problem with a criminal agent hopping in on the search or participating in the interview. There was no FISA on these individuals so no internal walls would have been applicable.

Larry Parkinson 9/11 Commission MFR

From chapter 8, footnote 81 in the 9/11 Commission report:

The NSLU attorney (Sabol) denies advising that the agent could not participate in an interview and notes that she would not have given such inaccurate advice.The attorney told investigators that the NSA caveats would not have precluded criminal agents from joining in any search for Mihdhar or from participating in any interview. Moreover, she said that she could have gone to the NSA and obtained a waiver of any such caveat because there was no FISA information involved in this case.There are no records of the conversation between “Jane” and the attorney. “Jane” did not copy the attorney on her email to the agent, so the attorney did not have an opportunity to confirm or reject the advice “Jane”was giving to the agent. DOJ Inspector General interview of Sherry S.,Nov. 7, 2002.

9/11 Commission report footnotes

Corsi did obtain a waiver from the NSA on August 28:

NSA E-mail re: sharing of information with FBI, dated 8/28/01

A recent book entitled The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror by Garrett Graff recounts an exchange between Bongardt and Middleton on the afternoon of 9/11/01:

Steve Bongardt was on a 2:30 conference call with Liguori and Maxwell. Also at the other end were Mike Rolince, headquarters supervisor Rod Middleton, and analyst Dina Corsi, whom Bongardt and Fincher had clashed with that spring.

Maxwell opened. "What do we know? Do we recognize any of the hijacker names?"

Corsi replied affirmatively and began to read some. Bongardt came alert quickly at one name in particular. "Dina!" he interrupted. "Khalid al-Mihdhar? The same one you told us about? He's on the list?"

Middleton broke in from Washington. "Steve," he said, "we did everything by the book."

Bongardt exploded. "Hope that makes you *********** feel better! Tens of thousands are dead!"

Maxwell, sitting in New York, hit the mute button on the conference call and pointed at Bongardt, saying "Now is not the time. There will be a time for that. Now's not it."

from pg. 313

There has never been a credible explanation for this bizarre conduct. The "watchdog" media has failed to interview any UBLU agents on this issue. The FBI has thus far refused to declassify the 9/11 Commission MFR's with UBLU agents.

Rely to noise

All of this information including the exact documents are also found in "Prior Knowledge of 9/11" released in December 2006 and found @ www.eventson911.com, including a summary of all of this information.

The exact documents found on this web site can be down loaded for free.

Note: the written release from the NSA caveats was granted in just a few hours on August 27, 2001. Sabol also said that if Corsi was still confused "over the matter that no release was required", she, (Corsi herself) could go to the NSA and get a release unaware that Corsi had already gotten the release, on the morning of August 28, 2001. This shows that Corsi was even keeping the fact that this release had been granted a secret from Sabol.

But what is even more horrific is that on August 22, 2001, Corsi admits to the DOJ IG investigators, that she knows the CIA had in their possession the photo of Walid Bin Attash taken at Kuala Lumpur, knows this directly connects both Mihdhar and Hazmi, who the CIA and FBI HQ knew had been at that Kula Lumpur meeting, to the planning of then Cole bombing, and evens knows that the CIA had been keeping this photo secret from Bongardt and his team so they would never have the information they needed to start any investigation for these two al Qaeda terrorists. This information should have immediately gone to the FBI Cole bombing investigators, Bongardt and his team but never did. Corsi, Wilshire who also knew that same information in mid-May 2001, and Middleton who knew this information on August 30, 2001 when he was sent the Bin Attash photo by the CIA, were all committing the extremely serious crime of withholding material information from an ongoing FBI criminal investigation. The fact they were doing this together meant that they were then engaged in a massive criminal conspiracy to withhold this information from the FBI Cole bombing investigation. At this point almost 3000 people were now doomed to die because of this conspiracy to withhold this information from the FBI Cole bombing investigators.

Robert Mueller might be asked about this, maybe he can explain this, when no one else has and these people worked at the FBI?

But what is probably even more horrific is that the information that Mihdhar and Hazmi were inside of the US on August 22, 2001 had been given to Corsi and Tom Wilshire, Deputy Chief of the FBI ITOS unit, and he immediately knew that these al Qaeda terrorists were inside of the US for no other reason than to take part in a massive al Qaeda attack that would kill thousands of Americans. Yet both he and Corsi keep this secret from Bongardt and any other FBI unit that could have prevented the attacks on 9/11. When Corsi and Middleton finally shut down Bongardt's investigation of Mihdhar and Hazmi, under Wilshire’s supervision, on August 28, 2001, they, the CIA and FBI HQ knew that this would result in allowing the al Qaeda terrorists to murder thousands of Americans in the imminent al Qaeda attack they were aware was just about to take place.

Maybe some could ask Mueller about all of this?

JUST MAYBE!