Declassified CIA memo shows Bill Clinton crippled anti-terrorism efforts in lead-up to 9/11

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    Jun 13, 2015 10:37 PM GMT
    Providing some sunlight on the far left's attempts to exonerate Clinton and put all the blame on Bush, who had only been in office for a few months prior to the attack - even though intel sources often take years to nurture

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    In a classic Friday-afternoon document dump, a CIA memo written by then-agency head George Tenet in 2005 has been released, incriminating the Bill Clinton administration in crippling anti-terror efforts. Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times writes:

    The Clinton administration had bankrupted the intelligence community and refused to let the CIA prioritize anti-terrorism over other major priorities in the late 1990s, leaving the agency stretched too thin in the days ahead of the 2001 terrorist attacks, former Director George J. Tenet said in a 2005 document declassified Friday.

    Mr. Tenet, who was head of the agency at the time of the Sept. 11 attacks and has taken severe criticism for not anticipating and heading them off, said in the document that he took the threat of Osama bin Laden very seriously, and put major effort into trying to penetrate al-Qaeda, beginning as far back as 1998.

    Clearly, Tenet is covering his posterior. But:

    “Even though senior policy makers were intimately familiar with the threat posed by terrorism, particularly those in the previous administration who had responded to major attacks, they never provided us the luxury of either downgrading other high priority requirements we were expected to perform against, or the resource base to build counterterrorism programs with the consistency that we needed before September 11,” Mr. Tenet wrote.

    It's another issue for Hillary to refuse to talk about.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/06/declassified_cia_memo_shows_bill_clinton_crippled_antiterrorism_efforts_in_leadup_to_911.html
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    Jun 14, 2015 12:25 AM GMT
    The bipartisan 9/11 Commission said neither President George Bush nor President Bill Clinton was directly to blame for not thwarting the al-Qaida plot. It says the massive failure was primarily one of "imagination", that such a scheme could be devised and carried out on US soil.

    It lists nine "missed opportunities" by the CIA, the FBI, the immigration service and the air transport authorities, but concludes that the attacks almost certainly would have gone ahead.

    http://www.9-11commission.gov/report/911Report.pdf
  • Hypertrophile

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    Jun 14, 2015 12:58 AM GMT
    So every time we get a new president, they have to start over with all new intel sources?
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    Jun 14, 2015 5:41 AM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidThe bipartisan 9/11 Commission said neither President George Bush nor President Bill Clinton was directly to blame for not thwarting the al-Qaida plot. It says the massive failure was primarily one of "imagination", that such a scheme could be devised and carried out on US soil.

    It lists nine "missed opportunities" by the CIA, the FBI, the immigration service and the air transport authorities, but concludes that the attacks almost certainly would have gone ahead.

    http://www.9-11commission.gov/report/911Report.pdf


    yep, it's called plausible deniability
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    Jun 14, 2015 6:04 AM GMT
    Couldn't resist a transplant. ;)

    bobbobbob saidI figured by the title of this thread it was going to be about blaming blaming blaming people for anything everything and something by utilizing a simplified, biased and cherry picked version of history facts and reason by people who aren't concerned about seeking solutions for problems as long as they can use their warped perceptions of reality to villianize and demonize their own preferred imaginary boogey men.

    It accomplishes nothing except giving the people involved in it a sense of smug self righteousness as they point at a problem they barely comprehend and yell, "SEE!!!! They did it! It's their fault! THEY'RE EVIL!!!"

    Then they sit back, fold their arms and do nothing to solve problems after they've invented someone else to blame for the problem.

    Everyone does it to some degree and it's not restricted to one political party, religion, sports team or philosophy more than the other.

    At my business employees who do this this are the ones who get fired or quit the most often. They disrupt any sense of teamwork and cooperation to solve problems by creating false issues about who to blame for anything that goes wrong rather than pitching in to find solutions.

    It goes all the way back before the Umayyad, Abbasid, Mamluk, and Ottoman caliphates to the first world war and its aftermath of European attempts at establishing self governing nations where none had existed in 12 centuries because of the succession of caliphates which is being repeated now in 2015.
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    Jun 16, 2015 11:30 PM GMT
    I've got some tissue for you right here:

    http://fas.org/irp/cia/product/pdb080601.pdf

    And there is more credible info other than that that went largely ignored.