Over 120 CIA documents concerning 9/11, Osama bin Laden and counterterrorism were published today for the first time, having been newly declassified and released to the National Security Archive. The documents were released after the NSA pored through the footnotes of the 9/11 Commission and sent Freedom of Information Act requests.
The material contains much new information about the hunt before and after 9/11 for bin Laden, the development of the drone campaign in AfPak, and al-Qaida’s relationship with America’s ally, Pakistan. Perhaps most damning are the documents showing that the CIA had bin Laden in its cross hairs a full year before 9/11 — but didn’t get the funding from the Bush administration White House to take him out or even continue monitoring him. The CIA materials directly contradict the many claims of Bush officials that it was aggressively pursuing al-Qaida prior to 9/11, and that nobody could have predicted the attacks. “I don’t think the Bush administration would want to see these released, because they paint a picture of the CIA knowing something would happen before 9/11, but they didn’t get the institutional support they needed,” says Barbara Elias-Sanborn, the NSA fellow who edited the materials.
And by institutional support, what the writer means is that the Bush White House failed to protect America, failed to be engaged in the defense of the US, at the critical moment. And this is because it is an inherent flaw in conservative/ libertarian minds that as strong actors they control events, and they lead and others follow in rational ways. Which is a total falsehood. In a multidimensional space, with a wide range of characters each with their own motivations, Bush never had any control.
Exporting violence and depleted uranium ammo onto Muslim countries was bound to have repurcussions. At some point training 10's of thousands of Muslims to conduct guerilla warfare operations against the Soviet Union would generate "blowback" and the chickens would come home to roost.
Spending 5 decades interferring in Iran, Afghanistan, Lybia, and everywhere else really, means that along the way the CIA has made plenty of enemies for the USA.
And these papers show that at least 7 separate intelligence warnings were given to Bush detailing an immenent attack. And these papers show that Dr. Rice's assertion that the Bushies continued Clinton's policies are a flat out lie, because the Bushies were pulling back on anti terrorism.
Of course, the worst terrorist strike in US history killing 3,000 Americans, 1 bungled Afghan war (200,000 dead), and 1 needless Operation Iraqi Liberation (OIL) (1.2 million dead according the last Lancet survey) complete with crony capitalism tied to Imperialism and genocide all pale in comparison to the Fast and Furious program (1 dead Border agent with weapons from the program found nearby (have they been able to use ballistics to prove that one of the FF guns killed him?))