Senior NSA Executive DEMOLISHES Intelligence Agencies’ Excuse for 9/11

9/11 Should Have Been Stopped

The U.S. government pretended that 9/11 was unforeseeable.

But overwhelming evidence shows that 9/11 was foreseeable. Indeed, Al Qaeda crashing planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was itself foreseeable.

The fallback government position is that the problem was that intelligence agencies were prohibited by law from sharing intelligence, because there was a “Chinese Wall” put up between agencies focusing on foreign and domestic threats.

Washington’s Blog spoke with senior NSA executive Thomas Drake about this claim.

9/11 was Drake’s first day on the job at the NSA. Drake was tasked with investigating what intelligence NSA had on the 9/11 plot, in order to document that 9/11 wasn’t NSA’s fault. However, Drake discovered that NSA had a lot of information on the hijackers, and could have stopped 9/11 had it shared its data with other intelligence agencies.

Drake’s NSA bosses didn’t like that answer, so they removed Drake from his task of being the NSA’s investigator and spokesman regarding 9/11.

Here’s what Drake told us.

WASHINGTON’S BLOG: A lot of people blame a “Chinese Wall” between foreign intelligence activities and domestic intelligence activities for not sharing the pre-9/11 data.

THOMAS DRAKE: That is a completely false “wall.” It was essentially to protect the status quo, or what they call “equities.”

It’s not true at all.

WASHINGTON’S BLOG: Was it a turf war?

THOMAS DRAKE: Yes, it’s partly that. People have this idea that the government is all powerful, all-knowing, and everybody is in league with each other.

That’s not true. In fact – in this space – you more often than not find agencies at war with each other, effectively. Such that NSA is at war with Congress to keep them in the dark about what they’re really doing.

“I have knowledge, you don’t.” Information is power. “If I give it to you, then I’m giving away my power, and I’m not going to do it!”

Information is a currency. “Why would I give you my money. And I don’t know what you’re going to do with it. I don’t know how you’re going to spend it. I don’t know how you’re going to invest it. You may convert it, because money is fungible.”

Information is far more fungible even than traditional definitions of money.

I’ve never accepted the premise or the arguments. I’m aware that [9/11 Commissioner] Jamie Gorelick [who has potential conflicts of interest in the subject matter], for example, is a well-known defender who kept saying that the “wall” was there when, in fact, there wasn’t a wall.

And we had special procedures where you had known ways to go through the wall when it was necessary.

Here’s the hypocrisy … It is true that in terms of separation between [domestic] law enforcement and normal causal chain of evidence, and information that was collected for intelligence purposes. But that’s not a wall as much as it’s due process.

Remember, what’s now used is parallel construction. [Background.] So, what was the wall again?

Intelligence is always carefully vetted for that reason. But if you’re talking U.S. domestic law, U.S. judicial process, due process, you couldn’t just take [raw] intelligence.

But here’s the kicker … If you believed that the intelligence rose to the level someone who has a U.S. person was involved in acts or planning to harm the United States, then the wall disappears, and there are actual procedures for that.

When you’re dealing with U.S. persons, then you had these procedures in which you could actually present [evidence for the need to target terrorists or other actual bad guys.] That was the whole thing with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

WASHINGTON’S BLOG: If they’re actual bad guys, then you can go after them.

THOMAS DRAKE: Yes! And you had mechanisms where you actually end up putting them on trial. You have mechanisms where you can introduce that as evidence.

It wasn’t like, “Oh, we can’t tell anybody.” That’s the reason they didn’t want to tell anybody … because they’re actually abusing the system.

There isn’t a “wall” … it’s because there’s due process. With foreign intelligence, we had standing procedures.

We’ve tried bad people … in Article III courts. You didn’t have to do the rendition stuff. And you don’t have to be a U.S. citizen to be put on trial.

For a short, must-watch interview with Drake and other high-level intelligence officials on agency turf wars, check this out:

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  • sisterlauren

    CIA 9-11 Whistleblower Susan Lindauer Interview
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQjTYmDKPaI

  • BuelahMan

    You don’t suppose this guy is out there propagating the official story that muslims brought those buildings down with planes… intentionally taking your eyes away from the REAL WHO’s and WHY’s?

    Of course there are power structures in place in government. Of course they compete and lie.

    But what does it matter if they knew about bullshit that never occurred?

    • Bev

      Agreed.

      http://existentialistcowboy.blogspot.com/2012/01/aa-exposes-bushs-big-lie-flight-11-did.html

      AA Exposes Bush’s ‘Big Lie’: Flight 11 DID NOT FLY on 911!
      by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy

      American Airlines is the source for information that AA Flights 11 (North Tower) and 77 (Pentagon) did not fly on 911. If neither flew on 911, the Bush ‘theory’ is a lie. If the Bush ‘theory’ is a lie, there remains only one explanation and that is: 911 was an inside job given a
      green-light by Bush himself.

      These flights are critical to the the government’s crumbling cover up! Conan Doyle, the brilliant creator of the character Sherlock Holmes, said: “When you have eliminated the impossible whatever remains however implausible must be the truth!” Bush’s official conspiracy theory of
      911 is not only impossible, it’s absurd and insulting to intelligent people!

      The Bush Conspiracy Theory is impossible! And it’s a Lie.

  • Sarastro92

    This article in “Washington’s blog” really amounts to disorientation and disinformation. It reduces the entire 9/11 event to a bureaucratic snafu and turf wars. The oily Richard Clarke also claims that 9/11 was all about some preposterous scheme to recruit double agents. (Of course The US had a high-level double agent intimately involved with bin Laden named Ali Mohammed)

    So all this about mistakes and turf wars is exactly the party line that was taken in the inspector general’s report on the CIA role in 9/11: there’s no real culpability ’cause everyone at CIA was really tired (!) and there was a turf war.

    These accounts are designed to steer attention away from the obvious fact: the whole 911 terror event was a staged production shared between US military/intelligence and Saudi intelligence. It was guided and directed and controlled from start to finish by these entities. That’s exactly what the evidence shows. 9/11 is a clear case of MIHOP (make it happen on purpose). Saying it’s a bureaucratic snafu it Is just another form of cover up.

    Sure, the CIA never alerted the FBI that al Qaeda hijackers were in the US, until shortly before 9/11. But it’s clear the FBI executives already knew that al Q operatives were on US soil within a few days of the arrival the first two alQ hijackers arrival at LAX. The FBI had an informant in San Diego

    Abdussattar Shaikh

    who was housing al Hazmi, one of the hijackers! The FBI knew that the Saudi Intelligence was handling al Hazmi because al Hazmi told Shaikh that al Bayoumi was a Saudi agent (which was no secret among the Saudi/ Muslim community in San Diego)

    And furthermore it is come out of lawsuits in Florida that the FBI had been tracking the cells operating in Sarasota, near another flight school, in great detail. Although of course the FBI denied it, but the truth did come out in a FOIA lawsuit pursued by the Broward County bulldog newspaper around 2012.

    And then there was al-Awlaki who was interacting with all the al Qaeda almost continuously on both the east and west coasts. al-Awlak was also stationed for a time at the San Diego Mosque which is where the FBI informant Abdussattar Shaikh and the two of the Saudi agents (Basnan and al Bayoumi) we’re operating and recruiting) and where the two al Qaeda figures were freely circulating.

    And of course, all along field agents were alerting FBI headquarters about the hijackers and their obviously suspicious behavior in AZ, MN and Fl. All were told by HQs to stand down and leave these al Qaeda operatives alone. Eventually Zacarias Moussaouiin MN was apprehended, but even there HQ stalled as long as possible cracking his laptop.