CIA and FBI Counter-Terrorism Officials: Cheney Lied About 9/11 Hijacker

Cheney Caught In Another Major Lie

Everyone knew that Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction (update here).

Dick Cheney admits that he lied about 9/11.

MSNBC recently noted that these two facts are intertwined:

Mark Rossini, was then an FBI counter-terrorism agent detailed to the CIA. He was assigned the task of evaluating a Czech intelligence report that Mohammed Atta, the lead 9/11 hijacker, had met with an Iraqi intelligence agent in Prague before the attack on the World Trade Towers.

Cheney repeatedly invoked the report as evidence of Iraqi involvement in 9/11. “It’s been pretty well confirmed that he [Atta] did go to Prague and he did meet with  a senior official of the Iraqi intelligence service in Czechoslovakia  last April,” Cheney said on Meet the Press on Dec. 9, 2001.

But the evidence used to support the claim–a supposed photograph of Atta in Prague the day of the alleged meeting—had already been debunked by Rossini. He analyzed the photo and immediately saw it was bogus: the picture of the Czech “Atta” looked nothing like the real terrorist. It was a conclusion he relayed up the chain, assuming he had put the matter to rest.

Then he heard Cheney endorsing the discredited report on national television. “I remember looking at the TV screen and saying, ‘What did I just hear?’ And I–first time in my life, I actually threw something at the television because I couldn’t believe what I just heard,” Rossini says.

Rossini gave MSNBC an example in an interview for the documentary Hubris:

Mohammed Atta was a sleight guy … barely 5’5 or 5’6, and skinny.  The guy in the photograph was muscular, thick, and had a neck like the size of two of my necks.  And I thought, “that’s not Mohammed Atta in the photograph!”  But I sent it to the lab anyway, knowing that would put it to rest.

McClatchy confirmed in 2009:

Former senior U.S. intelligence official familiar with the interrogation issue said that Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld demanded that the interrogators find evidence of al Qaida-Iraq collaboration…

For most of 2002 and into 2003, Cheney and Rumsfeld, especially, were also demanding proof of the links between al Qaida and Iraq that (former Iraqi exile leader Ahmed) Chalabi and others had told them were there.”

It was during this period that CIA interrogators waterboarded two alleged top al Qaida detainees repeatedly — Abu Zubaydah at least 83 times in August 2002 and Khalid Sheik Muhammed 183 times in March 2003 — according to a newly released Justice Department document…

When people kept coming up empty, they were told by Cheney’s and Rumsfeld’s people to push harder,” he continued.”Cheney’s and Rumsfeld’s people were told repeatedly, by CIA . . . and by others, that there wasn’t any reliable intelligence that pointed to operational ties between bin Laden and Saddam . . .

A former U.S. Army psychiatrist, Maj. Charles Burney, told Army investigators in 2006 that interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility were under “pressure” to produce evidence of ties between al Qaida and Iraq.

“While we were there a large part of the time we were focused on trying to establish a link between al Qaida and Iraq and we were not successful in establishing a link between al Qaida and Iraq,” Burney told staff of the Army Inspector General. “The more frustrated people got in not being able to establish that link . . . there was more and more pressure to resort to measures that might produce more immediate results.”

“I think it’s obvious that the administration was scrambling then to try to find a connection, a link (between al Qaida and Iraq),” [Senator] Levin said in a conference call with reporters. “They made out links where they didn’t exist.”

Levin recalled Cheney’s assertions that a senior Iraqi intelligence officer had met Mohammad Atta, the leader of the 9/11 hijackers, in the Czech Republic capital of Prague just months before the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The FBI and CIA found that no such meeting occurred.

Postscript:  Indeed the entire torture program was implemented in an attempt to justify the Iraq war.  And the 9/11 Commission was set up with false torture testimony.  More background on the Iraq war.

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  • nveric

    Are we getting closer to the truth?

    Will there be consequences unforeseen?
    Stay tuned to the same blog channel, the same blog time.

    What’s this really going to do?
    Is this just another little training step eased in to continue our indoctrination?
    Are the people malleable enough not to be concerned?
    Will yawning become our pastime?


    Word has it that Donald Rumsfeld failed to get his pals at Monsatan to genetically-modify the facts to produce a greater bounty of truth without all those messy water-boarders, so they had to invent Guantanamo instead. In ten years we will have the scanner darkly working and debacles that take 10 years to discover the baselines will be neutralized monthly and better intersect with the global dominance imperative truth.

  • Hang the fuckers.

    • pammylou

      Don’t worry ! Barack and Eric Holder will arrest them and we will be seeing Dick Cheney doing the Perp Walk! This just the evidence they needed! Obama has been trying to get the goods on these liars for a long time now! You’ll see!

      • Dutch

        Cool as that would be, its a fantasy. Remember Obama and GWB are COUSINS! In their world family ties are much stronger than their goodwill towards the citizen class. This MO got them both into the office of President. So there’s not going to be any big day of reckoning unless it is driven by the masses. But we all know the sheep won’t ruffle any feathers. They are too duped by their fabricated partisan loyalties.

      • George Reichel

        Yeah right!

      • I don’t know if you’re trying to be sarcastic but Obama told Holder to drop this years ago. Obama gave them a free pass because he’s every bit as vile as they are.

      • nomore516

        You are in major denial!! They are all in bed together. Why do you think none of them have been arrested? Stupid.

  • Hang the fuckers.

  • Another distraction by the left to make sure you don’t see Obama making this look like school yard gossip. how about all you truthers find the truth about Benghazi or Sandy Hook instead? Damn you all are idiots if you are even a little bit worried about this distraction from what is going on TODAY. That is all this is being brought up for…….A distraction brought up now to distract the masses from Obama’s crimes, and judging by the comments, it’s working.

    • You think Benghazi or Sandy Hook are bigger than America’s longest war?

      • The biggest, longest, most expensive war in US history… by far… is/was the “Cold War”. Truth of that has been public for some time: there was no Soviet threat until the mid-1960’s when Soviets saw they were surrounded so they started mass-producing offensive nukes. Anything could be ‘sold’ back then, including insanity like ‘flouride in water’… 70% of water has it, it is a waste product of the fertilizer biz. Truth? Capitalism as practiced in America is Lethal to All.

    • You think Benghazi or Sandy Hook are bigger than America’s longest war?

    • And what truth is that? Please, enlighten me.

      • truth was written down, pre word processor so it is not that hard to understand once you ‘get’ the context. RAND Corporation, santa monica california. the ‘rand memorandum’ were declassified 2006, many posted on rand. for example, rm-3208-arpa tells you exactly how the Vietnam was was created by USA agents. i linked and posted many on my hobbysite (no ads, no bs, only legal links into RAND and a few RM in my collection.

      • truth is the computer systems (there are tens of thousands of them) are broken. we focus on ‘hacking’, the real problem is in how they are programmed and how the data goes from one to another because all ‘money’ now operates in the digital-mathematics space. A computer system bought yesterday for business often runs ‘converted code’ … often first converted from COBOL and then reconverted as the computers are upgraded. they are easy to ‘pretext’ by others by tricking one of the infinite workers to input data a certain way. Bottom line: rely ONLY on your native senses (touch, taste, etc…) when it comes to taking action or stressing over.

    • And what truth is that? Please, enlighten me.

    • DrMeatwadPhD

      Another ConServing troll that sees all the damage from one side and one side only, when they are working like a football team, send in the defense, then the offense. So you believed the LIARs they told to get wars and far too many fellow Americans killed over their LIEs.

      • Kyle


    • sancholibre

      benghazi isnt happening today. that is also in the past. follow your own advice. you contradict yourself in literally just 2 sentences.

    • FransSusan

      Skip Baltar, Obama is without doubt a slime ball. All these political creeps are nothing but self-serving, evil, corrupt stooges for “big money” that runs the country. These useless pukes keep these “wars” going to support the military industry.

      • Eisenhower warned of the military-industrial complex. In ridiculous response to 9.11 we allowed the attorney-police-prison complex to be added in so we are now in Holocaust. Obama has nothing to do with it. A president has NO power over YOU or ME, the local cops and courts have total power.

      • Kyle

        The problems leading up to 9/11 was a lot of funding was cut by Bill Clinton in critical areas of the FBI and airport security customs so that 9/11 could be easier to plan. There is a lot of proof that Clinton went to China and sold them US military secrets but that’s another can of worms.

        This way the FBI and airports could be blamed for not being tough
        enough on security measures due to hiring untrained workers to save money which worked
        leading to a form of fascism known as being socialists where laws upon laws get piled on top of each other until one final law is in place.

        There was many security proposals like this. which not one suggestion was ever implanted pre-9/11.

        For example:
        If they allowed profiling airport customs would’ve pulled the hijackers *if they are even real to begin with* aside and patted them down then take away the box cutters.
        Then that made it easier for dictator laws to be passed while in reality it was all pre planned straight from the start.

        I still find it hard to believe that the pilots did not resist the hijackers when they attempted to cut their throats though I think the hijackers identities were/are fictional and 9/11 was war games by the UN.

    • You are exactly wrong. Leaders such as Obama, Bush, or any national leaders are put there to get blamed for what the “bloody hands” are perpetrating. Follow the money BUT… realize that almost all money is digital now and past the actual physical cash… nobody has any idea what all the computers do, how it is accounted for. Then you will understand: government is the handmaiden of corporations, attorney are the “bloody hands.”

      • Kyle

        Follow the money trail. 🙂

      • Kyle

        This is all part of the big corporation screw the little guys scheme.

    • Kyle

      Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd we have another winner!

  • jongold

    Recently, this report from Maureen Dowd about Showtime’s new movie “The World According to Dick Cheney” was released entitled, “Maureen Dowd / Repent, Dick Cheney.” In it, she says “when they testified together before the 9/11 Commission, W. and Mr. Cheney kept up a pretense that in a previous call, the president had authorized the vice president to give a shoot-down order if needed. But the commission found “no documentary evidence for this call.”

    Maureen’s article prompted GeorgeWashington of to write an article entitled “Cheney Admits that He Lied about 9/11.” In that article, he says that “Cheney pretended that Bush had authorized a shoot-down order, but Cheney now admits that he never did. In fact, Cheney acted as if he was the president on 9/11.” This article from GW was plastered all over the web.

    Unfortunately, Cheney never “admitted” to anything. In the documentary, Cheney says “after I’d given the order, uh, it was pretty quiet. Everybody had heard it, and it was obviously a significant moment.” Showtime’s documentary does not mention the phone call between Bush and Cheney. It just mention’s Cheney’s order.

    Cheney and Bush’s story is that Cheney and Bush spoke on the phone, Bush gave him the authorization to shoot down aircraft, and Cheney conveyed that order to those who needed to hear it. As Maureen Dowd wrote, the 9/11 Commission found “no documentary evidence for this call.” Here is what the 9/11 Report says:

    “The Vice President remembered placing a call to the President just after entering the shelter conference room. There is conflicting evidence about when the Vice President arrived in the shelter conference room. We have concluded, from the available evidence, that the Vice President arrived in the room shortly before 10:00, perhaps at 9:58. The Vice President recalled being told, just after his arrival, that the Air Force was trying to establish a combat air patrol over Washington.

    The Vice President stated that he called the President to discuss the rules of engagement for the CAP. He recalled feeling that it did no good to establish the CAP unless the pilots had instructions on whether they were authorized to shoot if the plane would not divert. He said the President signed off on that concept. The President said he remembered such a conversation, and that it reminded him of when he had been an interceptor pilot. The President emphasized to us that he had authorized the shootdown of hijacked aircraft.

    The Vice President’s military aide told us he believed the Vice President spoke to the President just after entering the conference room, but he did not hear what they said. Rice, who entered the room shortly after the Vice President and sat next to him, remembered hearing him inform the President, “Sir, the CAPs are up. Sir, they’re going to want to know what to do.” Then she recalled hearing him say, “Yes sir.” She believed this conversation occurred a few minutes, perhaps five, after they entered the conference room.

    We believe this call would have taken place sometime before 10:10 to 10:15. Among the sources that reflect other important events of that morning, there is no documentary evidence for this call, but the relevant sources are incomplete. Others nearby who were taking notes, such as the Vice President’s chief of staff, Scooter Libby, who sat next to him, and Mrs. Cheney, did not note a call between the President and Vice President immediately after the Vice President entered the conference room.

    At 10:02, the communicators in the shelter began receiving reports from the Secret Service of an inbound aircraft—presumably hijacked—heading toward Washington. That aircraft was United 93. The Secret Service was getting this information directly from the FAA. The FAA may have been tracking the progress of United 93 on a display that showed its projected path to Washington, not its actual radar return. Thus, the Secret Service was relying on projections and was not aware the plane was already down in Pennsylvania.

    At some time between 10:10 and 10:15, a military aide told the Vice President and others that the aircraft was 80 miles out. Vice President Cheney was asked for authority to engage the aircraft. His reaction was described by Scooter Libby as quick and decisive, “in about the time it takes a batter to decide to swing.” The Vice President authorized fighter aircraft to engage the inbound plane. He told us he based this authorization on his earlier conversation with the President. The military aide returned a few minutes later, probably between 10:12 and 10:18, and said the aircraft was 60 miles out. He again asked for authorization to engage. The Vice President again said yes.

    At the conference room table was White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten. Bolten watched the exchanges and, after what he called “a quiet moment,” suggested that the Vice President get in touch with the President and confirm the engage order. Bolten told us he wanted to make sure the President was told that the Vice President had executed the order. He said he had not heard any prior discussion on the subject with the President.

    The Vice President was logged calling the President at 10:18 for a two-minute conversation that obtained the confirmation. On Air Force One, the President’s press secretary was taking notes; Ari Fleischer recorded that at 10:20, the President told him that he had authorized a shootdown of aircraft if necessary.” – [pgs. 40-41, 9/11 Report]

    Showtime omitting the alleged phone call between Bush and Cheney discussing authorization for a “shoot down” is not the same as Cheney “admitting” to lying about 9/11.

    Cheney most certainly lied about 9/11, but he never “admitted” to it.

  • If nobody will prosecute how will justice be done? If we are not a just society then what way of life are we sending people to die for?

    • That is part of the injustice. We are in Holocaust per Nuremberg definitions. The structure exists and is freely used on a frequent basis to massively remove or eliminate life and liberty on a selective extra-judicial basis. It happens abroad, it happens in the ‘courts’ all over America each minute. A nation in Holocaust (such as the USA since at least 2001) requires collective world condemnation and boycott. We the People have no actual voice, the corporations and their attorney run the show.

      • Kyle

        Ding Ding Ding! And we have a winner! Which prize will you choose? Door number 1 or Door number 2?

      • Handsome James

        Andy. Email me, I am interested to know more about this outlook. I see things like this. The areas where the us has bases are like states or areas to collect revenue, which is why the us gets away with being so deep in debt: because they own everything through violence.

  • If nobody will prosecute how will justice be done? If we are not a just society then what way of life are we sending people to die for?

  • amerikagulag


    • pammylou

      Yes there will! Barack and Eric Holder stand for truth justice and the American way!
      Once Cheney is doing the Perp Walk Americans will easily clamor for an unprecedented Third (maybe 4th term!)for Barack Obama and his top #1 crimefighter Eric Holder!
      You’re going to eat those words!

      • prez4childrenblood

        this man is retarded. obama will do nothing .as he all readu said. obama is a war criminal also. deal with it as he drops hellifre missiles on afghan children.

        • Kyle

          So next Christmas the afghan children gets a free hellfire missile in their living room all wrapped up?

      • Capn_Mike

        Uh, sarcasm, right? Yeah, gotta be.

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  • Jack

    Sorry to say but attacking Iraq after 9/11 directed from Pakistan/Afghanistan was a dick move …

  • Jack

    Sorry to say but attacking Iraq after 9/11 directed from Pakistan/Afghanistan was a dick move …

  • Kyle

    The moment I read MSNBC I stopped reading………..

  • walter conell

    They are above the laws and morals thrown at the citizens. They are the gang that watches their 6 and exempts themselves from any prosecution. They adorn themselves with luxuries not afforded to the common man by taking it away from them. They are not human but animals from a distant reality. The soulless, the evils, that may rest in the grave forever?

    • Al

      Notice to one and all:

      Governments are not
      sovereign. They are fictional corporations for fraud, profit, harm, war, and
      genocide, etc.

      They have no lawful rights
      over free people who live within God’s standards of peace. People have been brainwashed
      into believing they exist in reality, and that they have to exchange their
      lawful rights for the benefit privileges the government offers in return for
      giving up our rights. When people consent and accept their unwanted and
      unlawful fictional codes, offers, commercial papers, curses, spells,
      jurisdiction, procedures, etc., then they lose their rights and liberty and
      then the codes of the fictional government society apply. Benefits include
      things like roads, education, armed police forces (military occupation),
      admiraltypiracy court system, traffic tickets, licenses, prison and prisoner
      bonds for profit, death penalties, etc… whatever they createinvent within
      their private society for society members, ie: those who beg them for
      permission to do those things they already had the God-given natural right to
      do in the first place, such as travel, liveoperate free, etc., without

      The fictional fraudulent corporate
      government has no more real authority over free people than any other fictional
      corporation does, unless you agreeconsent and accept that it does. There is no
      lawful contract without lawful consent, etc., and with no lawful contract there
      is no liability, and with no lawful liability there is no subject matter jurisdiction,
      and without that it is a fraud, and frauds have no lawful standing, force, or

      There is a lot more to it, but
      since the majority of people are suffering from the purposely-created
      brainwashing and resulting Stockholm syndrome and are acting as if they are
      members of the fictional and fraudulent private corporate society, it will be
      difficult if not impossible for them to see the truth and be set free by it.

      Try listening to guys like
      Winston Shrout, you might actually learn something of real value – that is if
      you want to know the truth and be set free by it so you can live outside of the
      harmful fictional world that was and is created to destroy you and the world.
      Being a victim (slave, sacrifice, chattel, goods, merchandise, target,
      estateproperty they controlown, etc.) or being free are your two choices…
      now go ahead and chose your future.

  • Cheney is a sociopath who doesn’t care if he’s dishonest. His own family keeps a distance from him, and probably for good reason. In the future, men like Cheney will be jailed for crimes against humanity.

    • tham

      There is a lot of competition among sociopaths in Washington, DC

  • tham

    It’s “hip” among the demonrats to trash Dick Cheney, but that’s as far as it will go. Any real look at the 9/11 events exposes the entire power structure, including the Obama regime’s war crimes. It’s all comic book journalism.

  • Jim Batausa

    The Demoncratz were at fault of complacency led by Clinton. He was busy with Lewinski so he did not forsee the plan attacks of 9/11. The succeeding administration also was caught on their pants down. The liberals are blaming the victim which was the 3000 casualties rather the culprit.