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  • Electromagnetic attack: Thinking the unthinkable

    07/28/2009 9:56:15 PM PDT · by ChocChipCookie · 47 replies · 1,250+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | July 28, 2009 | James Jay Carafano
    When the 9/11 Commission issued its report, it complained that federal agencies had a colossal "failure of imagination." Nobody could accuse Newt Gingrich of suffering from that shortfall. When he delivered a major address on national security last week, the former House speaker went after Defense Secretary Robert Gates for planning for the future the Pentagon wants, rather than dealing with the many serious problems it may actually face. Gingrich mentioned one challenge that many find too terrible to contemplate--which is why our government should spend a lot more time doing exactly that. I'm referring to the electromagnetic pulse (EMP)....
  • 9/11, Info Sharing, and “The Wall”

    06/22/2009 5:00:40 PM PDT · by RightOnTheLeftCoast · 10 replies · 1,161+ views
    9/11, Info Sharing, and “The Wall” The rise of “the wall” between intelligence and law enforcement personnel that impeded the sharing of information within the U.S. government prior to September 11, 2001 was critically examined in a detailed monograph (pdf) that was prepared in 2004 for the 9/11 Commission. It is the only one of four staff monographs that had not previously been released. It was finally declassified and disclosed earlier this month [http://www.fas.org/irp/eprint/wall.pdf --searchable HTML transcript at http://74.125.155.132/search?q=cache:KyzY5fDka0AJ:www.fas.org/irp/eprint/wall.pdf+%22legal+barriers+to+information+sharing:+the+erection+of+a+wall+between+intelligence+and+law+enforcement+investigations%22&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us]. In April 2004, Attorney General John Ashcroft testified (pdf) that the failure to properly share threat information in the summer of...
  • Richard Clarke's 9/11 imagery hypocrisy

    05/12/2009 4:37:30 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 17 replies · 1,213+ views
    911FamiliesForAmerica.org ^ | May 11, 2009 | Tim Sumner
    I read where Richard Clarke found it "disturbing" that "imagery and the memory of 9/11" were used in an advertisement about why the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay should be kept open. Those 26 House Republicans stated what they believe, that keeping terrorists out of the U.S. is good policy; they were not personally profiting from 9/11. When Richard Clarke testified before the 9/11 Commission, John Lehman stated that Clarke had previously told one thing to Commissioners in private and something different during his public testimony. Clarke repeatedly mentioned September 11 in his two books and his publisher reportedly rushed...
  • DOJ stalling release of 9/11 Commission ‘Wall’ documents (letter to Rep. Bill Shuster)

    05/06/2009 5:30:06 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 9 replies · 687+ views
    911FamiliesForAmerica.org ^ | May 6, 2009 | Tim Sumner
    On April 22, 2009, the Legislative Archive verbally informed me that the [9/11 Commission’s ‘Staff Monograph about the Wall’] was releasable and I would “likely have a copy in [my] hands within two weeks.” Yet a memo to me dated April 23, 2009 from the Legislative Archive in part states, “[I]t was determined by the National Archives that the monograph requires official declassification review before it can be released. I will submit the 35-page document to the reviewing agency as a mandatory declassification review request in your name tomorrow.” A person who had reviewed the staff monograph subsequently stated to...
  • Tortured memories and memos: Obama's and Clinton's lawyers are just as 'guilty'

    04/22/2009 7:17:31 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 16 replies · 1,619+ views
    Mark Levin Fan ^ | April 22, 2009 | Tim Sumner
    Mark Levin provided a lecture on history last night to President Barack Obama about the law and the decisions made by Lincoln, FDR, and others when American lives hung in the balance. "If we get hit again, that blood is on Obama's hands." It makes no logical difference that Bybee could have foreseen that the result of his incorrect legal advice would be the commission of a crime. Gorelick could have foreseen that the consequences of her incorrect legal advice would permit the commission of a crime (just read her memo ... and you will see that the warning signs...
  • Republicans Blast Pelosi for Politicizing Intelligence

    01/14/2009 8:45:42 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 15 replies · 937+ views
    NewsMax ^ | January 14, 2009 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision this week to pack the House intelligence committee with Democrats — despite a clear recommendation from the 9/11 commission to keep politics out of intelligence matters — has roiled Republicans. Concerned by reports of the “politicization” of intelligence, the 9/11 commission recommended in July 2004 that the House and Senate intelligence committees be almost evenly balanced, regardless of the number of Republicans and Democrats in Congress. “The majority party’s representation on this committee should never exceed the minority’s representation by more than one,” the final report of the 9/11 Commission states on page 421. ......
  • Another Brick In 'The Wall'?

    11/11/2008 9:55:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 669+ views
    IBD Editrials ^ | November 11, 2008
    Transition: Jamie Gorelick may be back, this time as attorney general. It was her "wall of separation" that that left us blind pre-9/11. And let's not forget her admirable service at Fannie Mae.Not many people can claim to have been at the center of arguably the greatest financial disaster and greatest national security disaster in American history. But Gorelick, said to be on the short list for attorney general by the New York Times, can. Surely that qualifies her for further government service. Gorelick earned an estimated $26 million serving as vice chair of Fannie Mae from 1998 to 2003....
  • Not just one missed terrorist’s call, Attorney General Mukasey

    03/30/2008 10:39:00 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 9 replies · 1,217+ views
    9/11 FamiliesforAmerica.org ^ | March 30, 2008 | Tim Sumner
    “We knew that there had been a call from someplace that was known to be a safe house in Afghanistan and we knew that it came to the United States. We didn’t know precisely where it went. We’ve got 3,000 people who went to work that day, and didn’t come home, to show for that.” — Attorney General Michael Mukasey, speaking last week “in Nancy Pelosi’s hometown.” AG Michael Mukasey revealed new, stunning information: he now knows precisely to whom that call was made. As 13 of the 15 muscle hijackers came late and knew little, that call undoubtedly was...
  • LA Times Has Hit Piece on McCain — Which Resurrects Old Canards About Ties Between Saddam & Al-Qaeda

    03/23/2008 8:04:23 PM PDT · by jdm · 11 replies · 780+ views
    Patterico ^ | March 23, 2008 | Staff
    The L.A. Times saves space on its Sunday front page for a hit piece on John McCain. The main thrust of the piece is to say, in essence, “Nyaah, nyaah, John McCain said that Iraq would be a cakewalk, but it wasn’t.” A little context would be nice. Plenty of liberals were surprised at how easily we overran Baghdad and kicked Saddam out of power. Indeed, plenty of liberals — including Bill Richardson, a strong contender for the second spot on Obama’s ticket — were surprised at how quickly we overran Kabul. So yeah, like most of the rest of...
  • The Failure of The 911 Commission and the disinformation from Scott Ritter (Freeper Video)

    02/22/2008 2:08:54 AM PST · by april15Bendovr · 45 replies · 447+ views
    Youtube ^ | 2/22/08 | Chris Donohoe
    Video raises question "Why is the left being cheerleaders for failure in Iraq?"
  • Ties between White House, Sept 11 chief

    02/03/2008 8:21:48 PM PST · by Mr. Brightside · 32 replies · 183+ views
    AP ^ | 2/3/08
    Ties between White House, Sept 11 chief By HOPE YEN, Associated Press Writer Sun Feb 3, 6:25 PM ET WASHINGTON - The Sept. 11 commission's executive director had closer ties with the White House than publicly disclosed and tried to influence the final report in ways that the staff often perceived as limiting the Bush administration's responsibility, a new book says. Philip Zelikow, a friend of then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, spoke with her several times during the 20-month investigation that closely examined her role in assessing the al-Qaida threat. He also exchanged frequent calls with the White House, including...
  • Head of 9/11 Commission Endorses McCain

    11/19/2007 4:24:07 PM PST · by mossyoaks · 12 replies · 146+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 19 Nov 07 | Marc Sanitora
    BOSTON – Despite the best attempts by a large contingent of local and national media gathered at Logan Airport here, former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, co-chairman of the 9/11 commission, declined today to criticize Rudy Giuliani directly. But the mere fact that he officially endorsed Senator John McCain was criticism enough. Mr. Kean said in a brief interview afterward that Mr. Giuliani had sought his endorsement several months ago. But at that point, Mr. Kean said he indicated that he was not going to be backing anyone, which he said he believed at the time. It had been 20...
  • Rudy's Pants On Fire (9/11 Commission testimony exposes Giuliani's lack of terrorism knowledge)

    10/28/2007 10:40:39 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 126 replies · 207+ views
    Village Voice ^ | October 23, 2007 | Wayne Barrett
    Runnin' ScaredRudy's Pants On FireSecret testimony shows that Rudy's stump speech is inflated, at bestby Wayne BarrettOctober 23rd, 2007 9:25 PM In a recent broadside deriding the Clinton administration's response to Al Qaeda, Rudy Giuliani told an audience at Pat Robertson's Regent University: "Bin Laden declared war on us. We didn't hear it. I thought it was pretty clear at the time, but a lot of people didn't see it, couldn't see it." Other tenets of his standard stump speech include the assertion that he's been "studying terrorism" for more than 30 years, and that "the thing that distinguishes me...
  • Spitzer License Policy Under Increased Heavy Fire

    10/07/2007 4:46:48 AM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 42 replies · 1,015+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | October 7, 2007 | Tom Precious
    ALBANY — Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer’s new policy that permits illegal immigrants to obtain New York State driver’s licenses is “an absurd” decision that will provide a new gateway for terrorists, a member of the federal commission that investigated the 2001 World Trade Center attacks warns. “It’s a perfect formula for al-Qaida. They won’t be able to resist it. They will be able to come to New York,” said John Lehman, a former secretary of the Navy who served on the 9/11 Commission that warned of the nation’s vulnerabilities to terrorist strikes. Lehman joins a growing number of critics of...
  • Freeper, Path to 911 Writer and Vets for Freedom on Andrea Shea King Show 9 p.m. EDT 9/9/09

    09/09/2007 5:57:58 PM PDT · by kristinn · 42 replies · 998+ views
    Andrea Shea King Show ^ | Sunday, Sepember 9, 2007 | Kristinn
    I'm scheduled to be on Andrea Shea King's radio show tonight at 9:15 p.m. EDT on Orlanda, Florida station WDBO. You can listen live by clicking the source link and following the link from there. Andrea wrote up the preview for the show: One year ago this month, the ABC miniseries "Path to 9/11" was broadcast amid a storm of controversy. But when it aired, the $40-million, five-hour ABC miniseries, which garnered seven Emmy nominations, drew a combined two-night audience of more than 25 million viewers. The controversy erupts anew, with writer Cyrus Nowrasteh saying ABC-Disney is halting "Path to...
  • DNC: Dean - Democrats Show Why Americans Trust Them to Keep the Country Safe (Not the Onion-really!)

    08/29/2007 10:08:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 938+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | August 1, 2007 | Dr. Howard Dean, DNC Chairman
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean issued the following statement after Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid signed a bill that implements the recommendations of the 9-11 Commission and makes our country safer and more secure: "Democrats have again kept their promise to the American people and showed why Americans trust them to keep the country safe," Dean said. "Even with Republicans blocking them every step of the way, Democrats implemented the recommendations of the bipartisan 9-11 Commission. President Bush and his Republican allies wasted years playing politics with our security. Republicans ignored these recommendations,...
  • New Rules Carry Out 9/11 Commission Recommendations

    08/10/2007 9:43:56 AM PDT · by bnelson44 · 218+ views
    DHS ^ | 8/9/07
    August 9, 2007 – The Department published two regulations to strengthen aviation security through uniform and consistent passenger prescreening. The first, Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) Predeparture Final Rule, enables Customs and Border Protection to collect manifest information for international flights prior to boarding. The second, the Secure Flight Notice of Proposed Rule Making, outlines plans for the Transportation Security Administration to assume watch list-matching responsibilities for domestic flights and align domestic and international passenger prescreening. "Stopping known threats before they board an aircraft, whether domestically or internationally, is a critical security measure," said Secretary Michael Chertoff. "This enables our...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 8-3-07

    08/03/2007 5:23:47 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 108 replies · 2,215+ views
    President Bush signed the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 in the Oval Office this morning. The president, along with Vice President Cheney and other members of his administration, then met with the counter-terrorism team at the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in Washington. Afterwards, the president made a statement to the press, saying he wants the Democrats in Congress to stop playing politics with our national defense and send him an intelligence bill that he can sign, forcing Congress to stay in session through the August break if necessary. The president does have that authority. (Transcript) First Lady Laura Bush...
  • Congress Sends 9/11 Bill to Bush

    07/27/2007 2:32:31 PM PDT · by rocksblues · 13 replies · 876+ views
    My Way ^ | Jul 27, 5:17 PM (ET) | JIM ABRAMS
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress sent President Bush legislation Friday to intensify anti-terror efforts in the U.S., shifting money to high-risk states and cities and expanding screening of air and sea cargo to stave off future Sept. 11-style attacks. The measure carries out major recommendations of the independent 9/11 Commission. The bill, passed by the House on a 371-40 vote, ranks among the top accomplishments of the six-month-old Democratic Congress. The Senate approved the measure late Thursday by 85-8, and the White House said the president would sign the bill. Six years after the Sept. 11 attacks and three years after...
  • Visa Waiver Program Expansion In 9/11 Commission Bill

    07/26/2007 9:04:12 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 15 replies · 870+ views
    Numbers USA ^ | July 26, 2007
    Votes in both the House and Senate are likely to occur soon on a conference report for the bill implementing unfulfilled recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. That conference report still includes a provision authorizing DHS to expand the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which enabled convicted 9/11 co-conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui to enter the U.S. using just his French passport and would have allowed shoe bomber Richard Reid to enter using just his British passport.