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Freeh: Gorelick Ignored Terror Warnings ^ | April 14, 2004 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 04/13/2004 10:32:35 PM PDT by joinedafterattack

In her first year as Deputy U.S. Attorney General in the Clinton administration, Sept. 11 Commissioner Jamie Gorelick was warned that lax U.S. immigration policies made the U.S. a tempting target for terrorists, former FBI Director Louis Freeh revealed on Monday, suggesting that Gorelick did little to remedy the situation.

"Protecting our homeland from attacks by foreign terrorists had long been the FBI's priority," said Freeh, in a lengthy Wall Street Journal op-ed piece.

"Back in September 1994, I recommended to Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick that the DoJ strengthen investigative powers against suspected 'undesirable aliens,' accelerating deportation appeal proceedings and limiting U.S. participation in a visa waiver pilot program under which 9.5 million foreigners entered the U.S. in 1994."

Freeh that he also recommended "that we include provisions for the detention and removal of undesirable aliens, under a special, closed-court procedure."

"I also criticized alien deportation appeal procedures which often took years to conclude. Finally, I recommended legislation to provide the FBI with roving wiretap authority to investigate terrorist activities in the U.S."

But if Gorelick took Freeh's warnings seriously, she didn't make much headway with her superiors.

By 1996, under the Clinton administration's Citizenship USA program, thousands of criminal suspects were rushed through the naturalization process without proper background checks in order to get them on the voting roles on time for that year's presidential election.

According to former Justice Department investigator David Schippers, under the accelerated procedures, the U.S. was swarmed with:

• More than 75,000 new citizens who had arrest records when they applied.

• An additional 115,000 citizens whose fingerprints were unclassifiable for various technical reasons and we're never resubmitted.

• Another 61,000 people who were given citizenship with no fingerprints submitted at all.

At least one new citizen was already in jail by the time he was naturalized under the Clinton administration program.

According to Schippers' 1999 book, "Sell Out," Jamie Gorelick was tasked with expediting the new rules under which criminal background checks were suspended for new immigrants.

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 911commission; fbi; freeh; gorelick; greolick; louisfreeh

1 posted on 04/13/2004 10:32:35 PM PDT by joinedafterattack
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To: StarFan; Howlin; Peach
2 posted on 04/13/2004 10:35:04 PM PDT by nutmeg (Why vote for Bush? Imagine Commander in Chief John F’in al-Qerry)
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To: nutmeg
Drip drop.

This ought to wipe that sneer off her face.
3 posted on 04/13/2004 10:35:43 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: joinedafterattack
This 9-11 Commission is not going well for the RATS.
4 posted on 04/13/2004 10:36:29 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (General - Alien Army of the Right (AAOTR))
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To: Howlin
Is she immune ...what on earth did she accept this commission appointment escape the hard questions!?
5 posted on 04/13/2004 10:37:28 PM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: Howlin
It should.
But will it?
Wasn't she one of hillary's bimbos?
6 posted on 04/13/2004 10:38:53 PM PDT by Robert_Paulson2 (the madridification of our election is now officially underway.)
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To: joinedafterattack
I can hear Gorelick on the phone with Hillary tonight. This is getting HOT. What should I do?

From Hillary: Meet me at Ft. Marcy Park, we'll talk about it.

7 posted on 04/13/2004 10:40:19 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Saw a great bumper sticker: "WELCOME TO AMERICA, NOW SPEAK ENGLISH".)
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To: joinedafterattack
Click below to see Jamie Gorlick's Memo

Click Here
Adobe Acrobat Reader Required.

To try to get Ms. Gorlick removed from the 9-11
Commission, e-mail to
8 posted on 04/13/2004 10:42:51 PM PDT by Smartass ("HANOI JOHN KERRY" IS A MISERABLE TRAITOR)
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To: Robert_Paulson2

And today I heard she's the one who came up with "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"........and that she was involved in TWA800!
9 posted on 04/13/2004 10:42:58 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Robert_Paulson2; Howlin
Wasn't she one of hillary's bimbos?

According to the 1995 Wall Street Journal book Whitewater, Jamie Gorelick "pulled Whitewater into main Justice."

Where she could beat up the attorneys to protect Hitlery.

10 posted on 04/13/2004 10:43:06 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: Howlin
This ought to wipe that sneer off her face.

Ugh, doesn't that sneer just drive you NUTS?! >:-(

11 posted on 04/13/2004 10:45:57 PM PDT by nutmeg (Why vote for Bush? Imagine Commander in Chief John F’in al-Qerry)
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To: joinedafterattack
Did Gorelick try to get a seat on the 911 Commission, in hopes that having a seat would innoculate her against attacks?

Convinced that an electronic Pearl Harbor is imminent, the US is already taking steps to protect itself. Jamie Gorelick, deputy attorney general, has called for an effort similar to the Manhattan Project, which developed the first atomic bomb, to harden federal computer systems against electronic attack.[snip]

But despite these prophesies of doom, the threat from electronic warfare appears to have been vastly overblown. ... the only evidence the CIA could muster ..."consisted of limited anecdotal information".

And a three-year survey of 10 000 organizations by Britain's National Computing Centre in Manchester, which provides advice on information technology, concluded that companies were more troubled by viruses, errors by staff and untested software than information terrorists.

12 posted on 04/13/2004 10:47:12 PM PDT by syriacus (Cyberterror experts Clarke + Gorelick kept all terrorists disguised as electrons out of the USA)
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To: MEG33
Maybe somebody has offered her up to be the fall gal? They can't be that stupid, but maybe there is more here than meets the eye. I smell blood.

We simply CANNOT let the democrats define the terms of the debate, he who defines the debate wins the debate every time. The pubbies need to come out swinging, NOW, and certainly there's no shortage of material fer cryin' out loud. The silence on even the most outrageous charges democrats have insinuated is more or less treason, considering. So-called "liberals" gutted our intelligence services going all the way back to the 70's (Admittedly a result of Richard Nixon, but I digress) and the Clinton team policies didn't help.
13 posted on 04/13/2004 10:48:12 PM PDT by Freedom4US
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To: All
Tomorrow, please call the President and let him know we the American people back him 100%. What better way than to go direct to the man himself so our intentions can not be misled by the media nor the polls. Inform a love one or friend to call also and ask them to pass it on. The numbers are as follows:
Comments: 202-456-1111 Switchboard: 202-456-1414 FAX: 202-456-2461

14 posted on 04/13/2004 10:49:09 PM PDT by Two-Bits (I still am amazed at the stupidity of the media...)
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To: joinedafterattack
I remember trying to read Shipper's book and this part made me so furious I put it down.

We're now seeing the results of the Clinton administration's mismanagement, vanity, crimes and corruption.

We really shouldn't be surprised.... We all knew this day would come, but it still takes one's breath away. Sucks all the oxygen out of the air.
15 posted on 04/13/2004 10:51:35 PM PDT by Humidston (You heard it here - BUSH/RICE - 2004)
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To: Smartass
16 posted on 04/13/2004 10:52:25 PM PDT by syriacus (Cyberterror experts Clarke + Gorelick kept all terrorists disguised as electrons out of the USA)
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To: Robert_Paulson2

9-11 Commission stonewalls TWA 800 author

Posted: March 16, 2004
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2004

Dear Chairman Kean,

Al Salzenberg of the 9-11 staff suggested I write you a letter to express my dissatisfaction with the progress of the 9-11 Commission.

On or about Feb. 20, I talked to Mr. Salzenberg at some length about one very specific concern I had with the commission. I was impressed with the time he gave me and the fact that he seemed, at least, to take my information seriously.

My concern was with the presence of former Clinton Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick on the commission. Immediately after the crash of TWA Flight 800 in July 1996, Justice Department attorney Valerie Caproni fully ignored existing statutes and gave the FBI power over the National Transportation Safety Board in the management of the investigation.

In a stroke, as I explained to Mr. Salzenberg, the Clinton Justice Department hermetically sealed the investigation and silenced the independent voices of the NTSB. Ms. Caproni could not have acted on her own authority. As the "political officer" equivalent in the Justice Department, Ms. Gorelick likely orchestrated this takeover – one that all parties now acknowledge to have been illegal.

On Aug. 22, 1996, just a few days before the start of the Democratic National Convention, Ms. Gorelick oversaw a critical Justice Department meeting with the FBI. Immediately after this meeting, as it happened, all serious inquiry into the fate of TWA 800 came to an end.

On the next day, for instance, the FAA began to inquire whether any dog-training exercises had ever taken place on the plane that would become TWA 800. On the same day, as CNN reported, the FBI now claimed publicly for the first time that the explosive residue found along the right wing "could have been brought on the plane by a passenger and was not part of a bomb." Likewise, after the meeting, the FBI would do no more eyewitness interviews, at least not for the next two months. The Bureau only did a handful after that – and all of those for the wrong reasons.

The search was now on for a rationale to explain away both the explosive residue and the stunningly specific testimony of 270 eyewitnesses. This fully misdirected inquiry would result in the two most egregious corruptions of the investigation.

The first was the FBI's claim that a dog-training exercise in St. Louis six weeks before the crash resulted in the spilling of the explosive residue found on the plane. The second was the CIA's claim that a 3,200-foot climb by a nose-less TWA 800 fooled the eyewitnesses into thinking they had seen a missile.

The CIA based its theory on an eyewitness interview that never took place. This can be easily proved. The FBI based its theory on a dog-training exercise that never took place. This, too, can be easily proved. Both fabrications were conscious.

As I explained to Mr. Salzenberg, mine was not a crank call. I had written a book on TWA Flight 800. I had just the day before undergone a smart three-hour interview by the History Channel on the subject. I understand the political dynamics of the investigation better than anyone who was not actively complicit. As I explained, too, there is excellent reason to believe that Gorelick's dubious role in the TWA 800 investigation contributed to New York's vulnerability in the days leading up to Sept. 11.

I suggested that Gorelick may have been appointed to the panel to discourage any connections from being made between July 1996 and September 2001. I could see no other reason why she would leave her cushy gig as vice chairman of Fannie Mae to serve as one of only five Democrats on the commission.

Mr. Salzenberg promised that he would look into the Gorelick issue and get back to me. Three weeks later, on March 10, I called him. I explained again who I was and what my concern was.

"I have talked to 400 people since then," he said gruffly. He did not remember the call. I explained in more detail.

"Oh, you're that freelancer," he added dismissively.

"If it matters," I said, "I'm the executive editor of a respectable Midwest business magazine, and I've written a book on the subject at hand."

Mr. Salzenberg asked me what I wanted. It struck me that he did not even take notes on the last call or any call. I told him I wanted to share my information with the panel, and if need be, I would be happy to testify.

"Lots of people like to testify," he groused. "We can't handle them all."

"I know this subject better than anyone," I responded.

"If you want to make charges," he said, "you are free to use the public air waves or write books or letters to the editor."

"I'm trying to do my good citizen thing," I said. "I am trying to go through established channels."

"Well, we are trying to wrap up and get out our report," he said curtly, implying there would be no time, regardless of the quality of my information.

"Do I have any other official recourse?" I asked.

"Write a letter to the chairman," he snapped.

And so Chairman Kean, I write this letter. As a Garden State native myself, and the son of a Newark cop, I appeal to your sense of justice. If you refuse to even look at the fate of TWA Flight 800, you will have done your country a disservice. You will have justified the cynicism that now plagues the nation – and especially the aviation community. And you will have lost your own shot at greatness.

It is not too late. If you're game, I'll buy my own plane ticket.


Jack Cashill
17 posted on 04/13/2004 10:58:38 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: joinedafterattack
Wow is that chick appropriately named!
They allowed Gore to answer in private -- his role in the Aircraft Security "payoff"...

Semper Fi
18 posted on 04/13/2004 11:02:48 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek...But I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Mike Darancette
Finally! The dems thought they had it sown up and could slide home for the elections!
19 posted on 04/14/2004 12:41:23 AM PDT by Shery (S. H. in APOland)
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To: joinedafterattack
20 posted on 04/16/2004 10:56:10 AM PDT by XHogPilot
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