FBI and CIA were too busy fighting each other to avert 9/11

Posted last week (3/28/12) on RT, It has been awhile since the old CIA/FBI Turf feud meme has been dusted off, but I haven't seen much discussion regarding this operation foxden so it seemed worth posting.


In 1999 the US had the opportunity to potentially stop the 9/11 attacks in New York City, but failed due to internal disputes between the Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigations and National Security Agency.

In that same year the Taliban had settled on a license with an American company, Afghan Wireless Communications, to build a cell-phone and Internet system in Afghanistan.

The stealthy arrangement which was dubbed “Operation Foxden,” would have given access to the US government to monitor all al-Qaeda and Taliban phone calls and e-mails.

“Had this network been built with the technology that existed in 2000, it would have been a priceless intelligence asset,” said an unnamed former NSA official to David Rose a contributing editor for Vanity Fair.

Afghan Wireless “was one tool we could have put in Afghanistan that could have made a difference,”added another former spy, this time from the CIA.

According to Rose’s report, Ehsan Bayat, an Afghan-American telecomm entrepreneur, was a key factor to having the Taliban agree to such an extensive network.

Bayat who doubled as a counterterrorism source for the FBI had built close ties with the Islamist militant group and its senior officials. Among those he built relations were, Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil, who was the last Foreign Minister in the Taliban government and served as a spokesperson for Mullah Mohammed Omar, leader of the Taliban.

Bayat wooed his way to the top of the Taliban chain by giving lavish gifts such as satellite phones and according to Rose these same gifts could have been used by Omar and even Osama bin Laden, the alleged mastermind behind the modern day Pearl Harbor.

Bayat’s Afghan wireless which had the backing of British based partners Stuart Bentham and Lord Michael Cecil, would give the Afghan Ministry of Communications a 20 percent stake in the enterprise and Bayat would hold the bulk of the share.

Afghan wireless when created would have cornered the market in Afghanistan, making it the only mobile phone and land-line provider.

“The plan was simple" said David Davis, the former shadow home secretary in a Guardian report.

"Because the Taliban wanted American equipment for their new phone network, this would allow the FBI and NSA to build extra circuits into all the equipment before it was flown out to Afghanistan for use. Once installed, these extra circuits would allow the FBI and NSA to record or listen live to every single land-line and mobile phone call in Afghanistan. The FBI would know the time the call was made and its duration. They would know the caller's name, the number dialed, and even the caller's PIN," Davis added.

In addition to the US government agencies fighting over who would control the massive communications tool, then President Clinton signed an Executive Order that prohibited US citizens doing business with the Taliban. The FBI requested an exception in order for Bayat to be able to proceed with the business transaction, but later was denied.

According to Rose’s reports the NSA joined in the fight to make the deal happen and even invested $30 million of its own money. Bayat also tried to circumvent the issue by reassigning ownership of the company to a firm he and his business partners owned in Liechtenstein.

Bayat advised the Taliban to pursue alternatives.

The last obstacle for Operation Foxden came in January 2000 when the CIA interceded.

“For the next 13 months, until February 2001, the interagency review ground on, with a series of fractious meetings involving the FBI and NSA at CIA headquarters, in Langley, Virginia,” Rose reports.

According to reports, the CIA wanted complete control over Afghan Wireless and didn’t want any British involvement.

“We wanted to force them and MI6 out, because there was a question of control,” said a former CIA officer to Rose.

After the motion became obvious to Stuart Bentham and Lord Michael Cecil, Bayat’s business partners they filed a lawsuit against Bayat.

The suit was later stopped and sealed under the State Secrets Privilege and resulted in gag orders for both Bentham and Cecil.

Bentham’s wife Margaret, who was at a majority of the meetings with Bayat in Britain and America recalls the moment.

“They were told they could have nothing more to do with the FBI and NSA — pending the US review — until further notice,” she said.

After all the hurdles were cleared for the project, it was finally given the go ahead three days before the infamous al-Qaida attacks.

Still the former NSA official questions the way the project played out.

“Why didn’t we put it in? Because we couldn’t fucking agree,” the NSA official told Rose.

Official Story OBFUSCATION


That's a loaded empty comment Joe,

Part's of the official story are true. Especially considering how different the term "Official Story" means to most people now. There's no simplifying the complex subject of 9/11 claiming that all or none of the official story is true. These black and white false dichotomy's make one sound foolish.


Who is lying Joe? Richard Clarke or George Tenet?

The FBI probably planted the passports

john O'niell was a dirtbag and part of the team. 9/11 was a MIHOP, not incompetency theory. What a joke. None of the official story can be true.


Well aren't you charming

Eww exactly

Smug sad substance-free cynics. This childish behavior doesn't work anymore. We know that 9/11 was more complex than a black and white, all or none subject. These kids wanna try and simplify it because it's easier for them to not have to explain themselves (The 'pshh, we already KNOW, don't you? mentality). Joe and sewalkie here want to be able to just throw out their bold opinions with no facts to back up their broad blanket claims. Well guess what fellas, you don't KNOW. You can't prove it. You are years behind the curve. You alienate new potential justice seekers. And perhaps worst of all, your broad brush, unproven opinions stated as audacious conclusions help the people who carried out the crime continue to evade justice.

The point was missed..

I posted this for informational purposes and it's relation to the overall 9/11 story, not that I support any part of the "agency competition" (for lack of a better term) as a contributing factor to the attacks (in the context of the OCT). I feel its important to know what high ranking individuals and agency comments say and when they say them to help others, who know far more than I, put it into context and determine if what, if anything, can be gleaned from it. Sometimes statements can be very innocuous but in another context can be very telling. For example, Richard Nixon often referred to the Bay of Pigs which at times seemed quite odd to bring up. But if the term were to be construed as a euphemism for the JFK assassination then his meanings become quite clear. (See Russ Bakers "Family of Secrets", Ch, 9-11 which covers the Nixon era for more on this)

We also have here something of new information as far I can tell. I have heard very little of Operation Foxden and of Ehsan Bayat. Now considering the multi-layered model of international business and covert operation, there may be something of significance here. There is nothing found (not in my limited searches) prior to Aug., 2011 about this operation, but it is being billed as another intelligence failure that also missed the 9/11 plot. Considering the nature of his business which provides wireless communications and the country's largest TV broadcast, maybe further scrutiny is warranted. I put some some links I found below. Thanks to all for commenting.


peace everyone.


Remember Operation Northwoods

On March 13th, 1962 the Joint Chiefs of Staff brought a document titled “Justification for U.S. Military Intervention in Cuba” to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara codenamed Operation Northwoods.
This Top Secret memorandum describes U. S plans to covertly engineer various pretexts that would Justify U.S. invasion of Cuba.

If JFK would have agreed with this plan, there would have been a false flag operation carried out as a pretext to invade Cuba.

In 2000 a group of men who ended up surrounding President George W. Bush were the founders of a right wing think tank named “A Project for the New American Century, the PNAC. Some of the founders were Donald Rumsfeld, defense secretary, Paul Wolfowitz, deputy defense secretary, I Lewis Libby, Cheney’s chief of staff, William J Bennett, Reagan’s education secretary, and Zalmay Khalilzad, Bush’s ambassador to Afghanistan.

They said in their documents that the US and the world are under threat of terrorism and that we needed to increase the military budget. They said this would be hard to do absent of a “New Pearl Harbor”

If you watch the documentary “Loose Change an American Coup” they cover this and the history of false flag operations. I also agree with the documentary when they say that 9/11 was a false flag operation carried out with military precision.

Anything that supports the official story has to be suspect. 9/11 was complex, but not that complex. Is a bank job easier to do if you have someone on the inside? The official story has 20 people involved with the attacks. How come there would have to be hundreds if it was an inside job?
Every aspect of 9/11 was controlled by the “powers that be” and no stone was left unturned. The perpetrators would never risk such an important plan by letting some patsy pilot be in control of the plane or by having team member that they could not control. That is why this article which Joe put so nicely is “9/11 obfuscation”

That’s why high level FBI guys like John O’Neill are highly suspect. He spent his whole career propping up the official OBL myth.