Skip to comments.Gorelick 'MemoGate': It Just Got Worse
Posted on 08/13/2005 5:05:55 AM PDT by Shane
Gorelick 'MemoGate': It Just Got Worse Written by Gregory Borse Friday, August 12, 2005
In March of 1995, Louis Freeh, then FBI Director, and Mary Jo White, the New York U.S. attorney investigating the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, received a directive written by Jamie Gorelick, President Clintons number two official in the Justice Department. That directivewhich has come to be known as the wall of separation memoordered Freeh and White to go beyond what is legally required in following information-sharing procedures between intelligence agencies and agencies charged with criminal investigations of suspected terrorists. At issue, seemingly, was a White House concern to avoid any risk of creating an unwarranted appearance that the civil liberties of terrorism suspects were being undermined.
As has come to light in the past few days, the Gorelick Memo seems to be at the heart of the non-passing of information discovered by a counter-terrorism military operation known as Able Danger to the FBI that Mohammed Atta and three of the other 9/11 hi-jackers had set up an al-Queda cell in Brooklyn, New York, as early as a year prior to the 9/11 attacks. Furthermore, the information that White House or Department of Defense attorneys denied Able Dangers request to give that information to the FBI was furnished to staff members of the Sept. 11 Commissionof which Jamie Gorelick was a sitting memberas early as October of 2003. But that information was not given to Commission members then and does not appear in the Commissions final report.
As has been reported in the New York Post today, by Deborah Orin, and quoted in a story on NewsMax.com (go here), Mary Jo White wrote to the Justice Department about the Gorelick directive, complaining, It is hard to be totally comfortable with the instructions to the FBI prohibiting contact with the United States Attorneys Office when such prohibitions are not legally required. According to Orin in the Post account, White was so frustrated that she sent a second memo excoriating the Gorelick wall of separation as hinder[ing] law enforcement, saying that its prohibitions could cost lives.
The questions now are why did Commission staffers not inform the Sept. 11 Commission members of Able Dangers October 2003 report of prior knowledge of an al-Queda cell in Brooklyn, New York a year before the 9/11 attacks? Why is Mary Jo Whites testimony in the Sept. 11 Commission investigation not included in the Commissions final report? And, finally, why was the Gorelick directive ever written in the first place?
An article from FrontPageMag.com from May of 2004 may shed some light on the reasons for the Gorelick directive (go here). The story suggests strongly that the Clinton Administration worked strenuously, in 1995, to re-organize the ways in which intelligence agencies like the CIA and FBI were allowed to communicate with each other and with U.S. Attorneys Offices investigating foreign and domestic espionage cases and that the Gorelick Memo itself is an outgrowth of policies erected under Clintons Presidential Decision Directive 24:
In April , CNSNews.com staff writer Scott Wheeler reported that a senior U.S. government official and three other sources claimed that the 1995 memo written by Jamie Gorelick, . . . created a roadblock to the investigation of illegal Chinese donations to the Democratic National Committee. But the picture is much bigger than that. The Gorelick memo, which blocked intelligence agents from sharing information that could have halted the September 11 hijacking plot, was only the mortar in a much larger maze of bureaucratic walls whose creation Gorelick personally oversaw.
That maze includes FBI and CIA investigations into the leaking and/or theft of sensitive missile and nuclear information to the Chinese even as illegal donations to the Democratic National Committee were being traced to Bill Clintons old Arkansas friend, Johnny Chung. The bureaucratic nightmare created by PDD 24 effectively stalled these investigations until safely after the 1996 Presidential Election, and led to, among others, Wen Ho Lee and the Los Alamos National Laboratory espionage case. As Mary Jo White wrote in her letter of protest regarding the Gorelick directive, PDD 24s instructions leave entirely to OIPR [Office of Intelligence and Policy Review] and the (Justice Department) Criminal Division when, if ever, to contact affected U.S. attorneys on investigations including terrorism and espionage. And whom did Clinton appoint to head up the OIPR? An old friend of Janet Renos from Florida, Richard Scruggs. So, as FrontPageMag pointed out, for the first time in the history of the Justice Department, a political appointee was put in charge of the Office of Intelligence and Policy Review (OIPR). OIPR is the Justice Department agency in charge of requesting wiretap and surveillance authority for criminal and intelligence investigations on behalf of investigative agencies from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.
It must be noted that the Gorelick directive to Freeh and White explicitly mentions the FISA court and prohibits the sharing of information gathered by its investigative agencies with US Attorneys Offices.
The upshot of PDD 24 was that all investigations into espionage activityincluding efforts by the CIA, FBI, and the United States Military counter-intelligence operations (like Able Danger)were to be overseen and approved (or not approved) by political appointees that answered directly to a White House that had every reason prior to the 1996 Presidential Election for keeping those agencies from sharing information with each other or with US Attorneys Offices.
It looks like the non-sharing of the Able Danger information by staff members of the Sept. 11 Commission with Commission members themselves is much worse than simply an effort to shield Jamie Gorelick for some responsibility for the intelligence failures that, it is now clear, helped to make the 9/11 attacks possible. What is becoming increasingly obvious is that the Gorelick Memo itself was perhaps part of a much larger effort by the Clinton Administration to shield itself from investigations that would imply its complicity in the passing of sensitive military and nuclear intelligence to the Chinese in return for millions in illegal campaign donations in the run-up to the 1996 election.
Representative Weldoncan you spell MemoGate?
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About the Writer: Gregory Borse holds a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, and an MA and BA from the University of Dallas. Dr. Borse, a family man with "a beautiful wife and four beautiful children," enjoys writing, current events, media, politics, and disc golf. Gregory receives e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An excellent article.
I want to know why Gorelick, who created the Wall which forbid intelligence agencies from talking with each other, was herself put in charge of culling information that came into the 9/11 Commission and deciding what information got passed to the full Commission.
We better be willing to ask ourselves why some republicans were so willing to defend Gorelick. We may find that this isn't a single party issue and I hope we aren't willing to put party over nation.
She was just following orders. Seems like others are following, too...
When the sh_t hits the fan... everyone in the room gets a taste.
Come on now. Do you really think that anyone in our government, especially those with a 'D' next to their name, will ever have to answer for treason, subversion, and/or sedition in time of war ever again? Frankly, I think it should be pretty obvious to just about anyone at this point that winning the war on terror is not even a secondary priority of any of our elected officials. If it was we would have seen countless instances of people being put on trial for treason, because God knows this isn't the first occurance we've seen in the past few years.
Build their gallows high
Nope, Ron Brown is GONE! No witness, no crime....
Clinton's DOJ types, especially the feckless Louis Free, could point to Rule 6E of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure that governed the dissemination of Grand Jury material to other government entities. The Rule was used to protect FBI sources of information, and thus the information derived was never, repeat never, shared with other intelligence gathering agencies. I am not sure if 6E was addressed by 9/11, but rest assured that Gorelick will use it to justify her actions.
SOMEONE NEEDS TO DIG OUT THAT VIDEO OF CLINTON CLAIMING AL QAEDA IS THIS COUNTRY'S BIGGEST THREAT.....run it with all this information coming out and see what the reaction will be.
Did HRC hire or approve the hiring of Gorelick?
What was HRC's role in PDD 24?
What was HRC's role in approving or disapproving the sharing of info under PDD 24?
The answers to these questions could deterimine the outcome of teh 2008 election.
Hillary appointed Gorelick.
They should hang together.
gorelick reportedly is setting up an office of homeland defense and gay rights somewhere in new jersey
Yes... yet another story on GorelickGate that no Americans will ever see. No network is covering this. Our stupid countrymen are still obsessed with the idiotic Holloway and fugitive couple nonsense. So what do we do now?
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