Thursday, September 14, 2006

Declassified Memos

I don't blame anyone but Islamofascists for the events of September 11th.

Whether Clinton missed a chance to capture/kill Bin Laden or Bush was told airplanes could be used in an attack --it only amounts to a useless and unproductive debate.

Cliché but true: Hindsight is 20/20.

What we need to do is take all this information and learn from it. We need to understand that WAR is very different than POLICE WORK. In police work one must wait for the crime to occur and then find and punish the perpetrator. In WAR one must attempt to remain one step ahead (PREMPTION) to save hundreds/thousands of lives.

We need to allow our leaders (whether Clinton or Bush -Dem or Repub) the leeway to protect us. We need to stop begrudging them the tools to stop another deadly attack.

"...A secret intelligence document prepared for President Bill Clinton in December 1998 reported on a suspected plot by Osama bin Laden to hijack a U.S. airliner in an effort to force the United States to release imprisoned conspirators in the 1993 World Trade Center attacks.

The one-page declassified version of the President's Daily Brief dated Dec. 4, 1998, contains chilling information -- gleaned by the CIA from several sources -- indicating that al Qaeda was working with U.S.-based operatives of its deadly ally, the Egyptian group Gama at al-Islamiyya, in the purported hijacking plot.

The PDB shows that the intelligence community and the White House had been aware of al Qaeda's interest in hijacking U.S. airliners long before the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. On the day the PDB was prepared, then-CIA Director George J. Tenet said in a memo to the intelligence community that "we are at war" and that no resources should be spared to defeat the terrorists..." (Read the entire story)

I don't want to read, in a declassified memo 12 years from now, about a plot that was being planned and could have been stopped by the NSA wiretapping (If the ACLU hadn't had it discontinued). I don't want to read that US leadership had a chance to kill tons of Al Qaeda's top leadership, but decided that shouldn't be executed during a funeral?!

Clinton and Bush had no idea what al Qaeda was truly capable of before 9/11 --but now that we know, we have no excuse for allowing them any ease in their planning.

(H/T: Andy)

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