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9/11 film review…

August 28, 2006

Govindini Murty reviews the movie The Path to 9/11, that will air on ABC (not to be confused with the movie currently in theaters).

The writing, acting, directing, editing, cinematography, and overall story-telling are first-rate. “The Path to 9/11” is fast-paced and thoroughly gripping the entire way. The five-hour miniseries (aired over two nights) is based on the 9/11 Commission report, and also on ABC News correspondent John Miller’s book, “The Cell.”

This is the first Hollywood production I’ve seen that honestly depicts how the Clinton administration repeatedly bungled the capture of Osama Bin Laden. One astonishing sequence in “The Path to 9/11” shows the CIA and the Northern Alliance surrounding Bin Laden’s house in Afghanistan. They’re on the verge of capturing Bin Laden, but they need final approval from the Clinton administration in order to go ahead. They phone Clinton, but he and his senior staff refuse to give authorization for the capture of Bin Laden, for fear of political fall-out if the mission should go wrong and civilians are harmed. National Security Adviser Sandy Berger in essence tells the team in Afghanistan that if they want to capture Bin Laden, they’ll have to go ahead and do it on their own without any official authorization. That way, their necks will be on the line – and not his. The astonished CIA agent on the ground in Afghanistan repeatedly asks Berger if this is really what the administration wants. Berger refuses to answer, and then finally just hangs up on the agent. The CIA team and the Northern Alliance, just a few feet from capturing Bin Laden, have to abandon the entire mission.

HT to Ace.

9/11 Commision report back in the news.

August 11, 2005

Set the Wayback Machine to Thursday, October 28, 2004, when I quoted the Washington Times:

“According to 9/11 Commission co-chairman Thomas Kean, Mr. Clinton believed with ‘absolute certainty’ that Iraq provided al Qaeda with weapons of mass destruction expertise and technology in the 1990s. He believed it as president when he ordered the destruction of the al Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Sudan, and he believes it now. And it’s not just Mr. Clinton. According to Mr. Kean, ‘Top officials — Bill Clinton, Sandy Berger and others — told us with absolute certainty that there were chemical weapons of mass destruction at that factory and that’s why we sent missiles.’ “

Well, the 9/11 Commission is back in the news. Namely, Clintonite and 9/11Commissoner Jamie Gorelick who set up the “wall of separation” between US Intelligence Agencies.
Via Ace comes Phinn’s recap of the Able Danger story:

I think the Able Danger story is going to be the biggest of the year.

A. A SOCOM unit, run by Gen. Shelton himself, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, identifies Atta and the Brooklyn cell as a threat as early as 1999. (It doesn’t hurt that the unit has a cool sounding name, too.)

B. A year before 9/11, they recommend that that the FBI close down the cell. (Who was president a year before 9/11 again?)

C. DOD lawyers (lawyers!) overrule this recommendation, and refuse to allow the Able Danger guys to pass this information on to the FBI, because Atta has a legal immigration status, and they are worried about political fallout after Waco. They put Post-It notes over Atta’s face so that all reference to him is kept secret (a nice touch, dont’ you think?).

D. The 9/11 Commission chose to omit any reference to it or investigate. This is inexcusible, regardless of how accurate the story is. It clearly deserves to be addressed and the facts explored, to be proved or disproved.

Update: Flopping Aces has more

This will become huge people. Wait for the firestorm. I do agree with the good doctor tho, the people to blame for 9/11 are the attackers themselves and Al-Qaeda. If there was this huge of an intelligence failure as I wrote about in my earlier post then it should be known. If there was an attempted cover-up by Sandy Berger & Co, as I believe there was, then they should be put in jail.

But the only one’s responsible for 9/11 is Al-Qaeda.

democrats can’t handle the truth.

September 24, 2004

Daniel McKivergan points out:

YESTERDAY, John Kerry repeated what has become a standard Kerry-Edwards campaign talking point: Saddam’s Iraq had “no ties to al Qaeda,” or, as Kerry recently told Time, Saddam Hussein had “nothing to do with al Qaeda.”

These statements are false.

Numerous reports, ranging from those of the September 11 Commission to the Senate Intelligence Committee, have detailed a relationship between Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and al Qaeda. In July, the co-chairman of the September 11 Commission, Governor Thomas Kean, stated “there was no question in our minds that there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda.”

Or consider this, from the memoir of the former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, General Tommy Franks, American Soldier:

“One known terrorist, a Jordanian-born Palestinian named Abu Musab Zarqawi who had joined al Qaeda in Afghanistan–where he specialized in developing chemical and biological weapons–was now confirmed to operate from one of the camps in Iraq. Badly wounded fighting coalition forces in Afghanistan, Zarqawi had received medical treatment in Baghdad before setting up with Ansar al Islam. And evidence suggested that he had been joined there by other al Qaeda leaders, who had been ushered through Baghdad and given safe passage into northern Iraq by Iraqi security forces. . . . [p. 332] And while many al Qaeda leaders had been killed [in Afghanistan], others had sought sanctuary in Iraq. [p. 403]”

A must read article

July 6, 2004

That what Protein Wisdom calls it, and I agree. “There They Go Again,” by Stephen Hayes.

As early as 1994 […] Osama bin Laden had expressed a willingness to work with Saddam Hussein. It was the Iraqis, per the 9/11 Commission report, who were reluctant to work with al Qaeda.

But were they?

According to numerous intelligence reports dating back to the Clinton administration, Iraq provided chemical weapons training (and perhaps materials) to the Sudanese government-run Military Industrial Corporation–which, along with Sudanese intelligence, also had a close relationship with al Qaeda. (Jamal Ahmed Al-Fadl and Ali A. Mohamed, two high-ranking al Qaeda terrorists who cooperated with U.S. authorities before 9/11, said Sudanese intelligence and military officials provided security for al Qaeda safehouses and training camps, and al Qaeda operatives did the same for Sudanese government facilities.)

William Cohen, secretary of defense under Clinton, testified to this before the September 11 Commission on March 23, 2004. Cohen was asked about U.S. attacks on a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory on August 20, 1998. The strikes came 13 days after al Qaeda terrorists bombed U.S. embassies in East Africa, killing some 257 people (including 12 Americans) and injuring more than 5,000. The Clinton administration and the intelligence community quickly determined that al Qaeda was behind the attacks and struck back at the facility in Sudan and at an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan. Almost immediately, the decision to attack the plant outside Khartoum was controversial. The Clinton administration, in its efforts to justify the strikes, told reporters that the plant had strong links to Iraq’s chemical weapons program. No fewer than six top Clinton administration officials–on the record–cited the Iraq connection to justify its strikes in response to the al Qaeda attacks on the U.S. embassies. (Some of these officials, like James Rubin and Sandy Berger, now hold top advisory positions in John Kerry’s presidential campaign. Kerry, however, now says he was misled about an Iraq-al Qaeda relationship.)