Skip to comments.GORELICK GATE: Gorelick Memo Exposes 'Feckless' Clinton Policy
Posted on 04/14/2004 7:20:03 AM PDT by joinedafterattack
In a dramatic moment of his testimony before the 9/11 commission this afternoon, Attorney General John Ashcroft released a previously classified memo from 1995 that instructed the FBI and U.S. Attorneys around the country to ensure they had "walled off" overseas intelligence information from domestic crime-fighters. The separation between overseas intelligence gathering and domestic criminal prosecution has been widely criticized by both Democrats and Republicans on the committee for having helped make the 9/11 attacks possible.
"[T]he simple fact of Sept. 11 is this," Ashcroft testified: "We did not know an attack was coming because for nearly a decade our government had blinded itself to its enemies. Our agents were isolated by government-imposed walls, handcuffed by government-imposed restrictions, and starved for basic information technology. The old national intelligence system in place on Sept. 11 was destined to fail."
Ashcroft went on to explain the "wall" that had been erected between criminal investigators and intelligence agents was "the single greatest structural cause for Sept. 11 [successes by al-Qaeda]." He said, "Government erected this wall. Government buttressed this wall. And before Sept. 11, government was blinded by this wall."
Ashcroft then described the 1995 memo that initially established the wall, which later impeded the investigations of the 9/11 hijackers and their accomplices. When frustrated field agents complained to headquarters about it in August 2001, Justice replied: "'These are the rules.' ... But somebody did make these rules," Ashcroft said. "Someone built this wall."
Then the attorney general dropped his bombshell: "Although you understand the debilitating impact of the wall, I cannot imagine that the commission knew about this memorandum, so I have declassified it for you and the public to review. Full disclosure compels me to inform you that its author is a member of this commission."
The 1995 memo by then Deputy Attorney General Jamie S. Gorelick - now a member of the 9/11 commission - explains that the new rules dictated by the Clinton administration to separate criminal investigations from intelligence gathering "go beyond what is legally required." The Gorelick rules were meant to ensure that "no 'proactive' investigative efforts or technical coverages" of terrorist suspects be carried out on U.S. soil.
The result of the 1995 Gorelick rules, Ashcroft said, were devastating, and hampered the ability of U.S. intelligence agencies to communicate the identify of two of the 9/11 hijackers to law-enforcement agencies, even after they had entered the United States. That failure specifically contributed to 9/11.
"You think you are gonna ask me why I dared refuse repeat DOJ requests for investigations of dangerous illegal aliens.
You think you are gonna ask me why I arranged to stovepipe intelligence to make intraagency effective communication useless.
You think you are gonna ask me why I illegal aliens who were felons became voters for our Democratic party.
You think you are gonna ask me why I OK'd the use of stolen FBI files onDNC computers.
Following LBJ, your gonads are in my fist. Now go away. "
If the 9-11 commission is wanting to investigate and reveal the reasons 9-11 occured it needs to look no further than one of it's own members of the panel: Jamie Gorelick (Deputy Attorney General 1994-1997 under former President Clinton)
Ia!Ia! Reno F'thagn
Dick Morris just said (on Hannity and Colmes) she is the individual most directly responsible for 9/11. I agree!
If the commissioners cannot agree on a bipartisan report and chooses to issue majority and minority reports, any report she has her oar in will also be discounted.
She's in a no-win position and is dragging Kerrey, Bin Venasty and the others right down with her. I love it!
I screamed at him that it was our business. Kean's arrogance overwhelmed me. The Dems got the gold and we got the shaft.
He's right; it's none of our business. The commission has been established by Congress and it can run as constituted and nobody will force it to change. OTOH talk radio will simply refer to it not as the "Kean" Commission but the "Gorelick Commission." Not as the "September 11" Commission but the "Cover-up Commission."
Its recommendations will be DOA.
FN said last night that the commissioners had AVERAGED 6 TV appearances each. The only exception to all this was Fielding.
Kean may be correct, technically speaking, but he's not right.
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