Tuesday, September 12, 2006

hot and cold running NIE leak

* cannon takes a slap at the Controlled Demolition folks.

* quote of the day by EW:
"I don't know whether Libby's lawyers have begun to see this or not (they haven't yet started addressing the July 2 conversation, which is interesting--under what circumstances would Fitz NOT have to release it?). But whoever Corn and Isikoff got to lead them through this morass certainly seems to understand the problem. It's a combination of Wells' argument (which is no doubt what they're going to rely on, hot and cold running NIE leak), but it also tries to resolve the problems with the classified/leak issue."
* tristero:
"The awful tragedy of this time, and what makes it radically different than Lincoln's or FDR's, is that Osama is facing an enemy even more ignorant. narcissistic, and insecure than he is. Ignorant armies clashing by night, indeed."
* everyone is pointing to olbermann. most simpy say 'wow'

* michael hampton has a good 911 post up about TSA whistleblowers (Michael was on the whistleblower/bloggers conference call recently) - the post comes with sibel's imprimatur - read it - but separately, this jumped out:
"Before the 9/11 Commission, however, there was a 9/11 investigation conducted. An unprecedented joint inquiry of the House and Senate intelligence committees, completed in December 2002, long before the 9/11 Commission convened, is much more forthcoming about the failure of the government bureaucracy, and makes an interesting counterpoint to the 9/11 Commission report. Available only in heavily redacted form, not many people are even aware of its existence.

But the Joint Inquiry report is much more forthcoming about the failure of the complicated, inefficient, mammoth, malfunctioning bureaucracy. For example: “From at least 1994, and continuing into the summer of 2001, the Intelligence Community received information indicating that terrorists were contemplating, among other means of attack, the use of aircraft as weapons. This information did not stimulate any specific Intelligence Community assessment of, or collective U.S. Government reaction to, this form of threat.”

No idea terrorists would fly planes into buildings, my ass. I suggest everyone spend today reading the Joint Inquiry report to get another perspective on the story the 9/11 Commission didn’t really want to tell.
It’s clear now to anyone paying the least bit of attention that the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were completely preventable, but not by the U.S. government as it was then — and still is now. A government which took its whistleblowers seriously, investigated their complaints with alacrity, and acted with speed, could have foiled this particular plot."

Jeepers - I didnt even know there was a separate, prior investigation. I'm not sure i'd go so far as to say that the attacks were 'completely preventable' - but one thing that comes out of pressfortruth is that if the warnings were passed on, at a minimum, then there would have been a rush to get to the ground floor of the second tower. You can put that in the bank - and nobody can dispute it.

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