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Blumenthal: Freeh 'Bears a Lot Of Responsibility' for 9/11 Attacks
NewsMax.com ^ | 5/24/03 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff

Posted on 05/25/2003 12:32:06 AM PDT by kattracks

Hillary Clinton's media surrogate Sidney Blumenthal charged Saturday that former FBI Director Louis Freeh "has a lot of responsibility to bear" for leaving America vulnerable to the 9/11 attacks.

In an interview with WABC Radio's Monica Crowley, Blumenthal said he was "very close" to Mrs. Clinton during her tenure as first lady, adding, "I am still her friend."

Moments later he launched into an attack on Freeh, who penned an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday excoriating the Clinton administration for dragging its feet on the Khobar Towers bombing investigation.

"That story by Louie Freeh is completely false," a suddenly emotional Blumenthal charged. "Louie Freeh was operating under a self delusion and his story is completely false about that."

Blumenthal alleged that instead of making terrorism his top priority, Freeh did not use all the resources that were available to him. "He used it instead for internal cyber security in the FBI," Mrs. Clinton's surrogate said.

In the next breath Blumenthal blamed Director Freeh for leaving America vulnerable to the 9/11 attacks.

"[Freeh] was consumed with fantasies that were all false about terrorism," the Clinton insider told Crowley. "And he led himself into an alley and never reformed the FBI, which was dysfunctional and played a role, as we know, in not reporting material that could have led to preventing 9/11. I think Louis Freeh has a lot of responsibility to bear."

Blumenthal also insisted that ex-President Clinton had not committed a crime when he lied under oath about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

"Lying under oath when you're talking about the nation's chief law enforcement officer - don't you think that's a crime?" Crowley asked.

"No," Blumenthal shot back. "He was never convicted of that. He was misleading but he was not convicted. It was a minor matter that happened in something involving sex."

Earlier in the week, Blumenthal offered a similar defense to rebut charges that Mrs. Clinton's chief of staff had accepted $50,000 from campaign finance scandal whistleblower Johnny Chung inside her White House office.

"It was a mistake for [Maggie Williams] to take that money," Blumenthal told WLIE Radio's Mike Siegel. "But you know what, there was no crime committed and no administration official was ever convicted or indicted for any crime involving campaign finance."

Read more on this subject in related Hot Topics:

Sen. Hillary Clinton
War on Terrorism



TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 911; fbi; louiefreeh; louisjfreeh; sidblumenthal
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1 posted on 05/25/2003 12:32:06 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
Carter, Clinton, and the then Democratic controlled House and Senate reduced our defenses to the point where 09/11/01
occurred!!!! Thank God, the Bush administration is correcting their mess!!!!
2 posted on 05/25/2003 12:46:19 AM PDT by Defender2 (Defending Our Bill of Rights, Our Constitution, Our Country and Our Freedom!!!!)
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To: Defender2
AMEN!!!
3 posted on 05/25/2003 12:49:27 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
Gee, Sid, you make Louie Freeh sound like he didn't belong running the FBI. Just one question: Who was the idiot who appointed him?
4 posted on 05/25/2003 12:52:02 AM PDT by RichInOC (Give ya a hint...he likes flavored cigars.)
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To: kattracks
major clinton crisis is now in session - Go, Freeh, Go - tell it all - only YOU can provide the info needed to stop another Clinton hell from hitting this country and the world!
5 posted on 05/25/2003 12:55:35 AM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: RichInOC
And, if he was so incompetent, why didn't the clintons fire him?
6 posted on 05/25/2003 12:56:04 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: Defender2
"He was never convicted of that. He was misleading but he was not convicted. It was a minor matter that happened in something involving sex."

Sid, Sid, Sid: You just don't get it, do you?

7 posted on 05/25/2003 12:56:53 AM PDT by Madstrider
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt
But you know what, there was no crime committed and no administration official was ever convicted or indicted for any crime involving campaign finance."

Thank you, Janet Reno!

8 posted on 05/25/2003 12:58:56 AM PDT by Madstrider
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To: kattracks
These people are truly pieces of work.
9 posted on 05/25/2003 1:00:37 AM PDT by RichInOC ("I used to be disgusted, but now I try to be amused...."-Elvis Costello)
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To: kattracks
So, if I rob a 7-11 store at gunpoint but am never arrested, tried, or convicted, does that mean that no crime was committed?

Also, I wonder what Mr. Blumenthal would have to say about H*****y's "FJB" tirade?
10 posted on 05/25/2003 1:17:05 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Never forget: CLINTON PARDONED TERRORISTS)
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To: Madstrider
Sid is a bonfide liar. Klinton lost his law license for crying out loud. Sid represents all that was bad in the 90's and the pre-911 world.
11 posted on 05/25/2003 1:21:46 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: kattracks
The buck stops where---?!
12 posted on 05/25/2003 2:00:08 AM PDT by malia
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To: All
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13 posted on 05/25/2003 2:11:12 AM PDT by backhoe (The 1990's ? "The Decade of Fraud(s)..."( Oslo, dot-bombs, clintons...))
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To: kattracks
We can all thank Sid and all the Liar Lawyers who set up the firewall between the FBI and the CIA which prevented critical info from getting to those who could have prevented the Massacre of Sept llth. All in the name of privacy at the expense of our National Security.

Never forget that the lessons learned from Pearl Harbor where efficerated by the actions of some sleazy attorneys. What was it Shakespeare said?

14 posted on 05/25/2003 2:45:57 AM PDT by flagbrigade
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To: kattracks
"No," Blumenthal shot back. "He was never convicted of that. He was misleading but he was not convicted. It was a minor matter that happened in something involving sex."

That pretty much sums up Beelzabubba. At the same moral level as the sleeziest criminal with a good lawyer. Does Sid have any idea about the nature of the moral sewer he lives in and the parasites he so cluelessly defends? I don't think so.

15 posted on 05/25/2003 3:14:56 AM PDT by Semi Civil Servant
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To: kattracks
Freeh and Clinton both deserve a lot of condemnation for their role in not protecting this country. As does Bush, for not demanding real and immediate reforms at the FBI the day he stepped into office.
16 posted on 05/25/2003 3:17:55 AM PDT by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: kattracks
Reading this, it occurred to me that I haven't read one single news article about sexual harrassment since the bent one was in office.

Funny how the media's fixation with women victims has disappeared.
17 posted on 05/25/2003 3:47:27 AM PDT by Timeout (There's no place like home. There's no place....)
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To: xm177e2; kattracks
Throughout 2001, prior to 9-11, there were five warnings via the FAA to airlines advising extreme caution and with specific information on what to check for. The warning closest to 9-11 was> Aug. 16, 2001 - FAA issues information circular warning carriers to be on alert for potential attack by people using weapons disguised as cellphones, key chains or pens.


Truly amazing that Reno, Freeh, or anybody can be pointed at other than Clinton. When it's Bush in charge...it IS Bush.

18 posted on 05/25/2003 4:12:11 AM PDT by Susannah (If you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao; you ain't gonna make it with anyone, anyhow. ~ Beatles)
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To: kattracks; All
"And, if he was so incompetent, why didn't the clintons fire him? "

Since Clinton was under investigation, it would have been unwise for him to even confront the FBI. Good for the country but not for the leader!

PBS has a number of articles regarding the plane hijacking plans that were found following the 1993 WTC bombing. The plans were reviewed in 1995 and everyone in Congress was assured that things were under control>>
http://www.pbs.org/search/search_results.html?neighborhood=%2523&q=bojinka&btnG.x=11&btnG.y=11


19 posted on 05/25/2003 4:24:32 AM PDT by Susannah (If you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao; you ain't gonna make it with anyone, anyhow. ~ Beatles)
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To: Susannah
Truly amazing that Reno, Freeh, or anybody can be pointed at other than Clinton. When it's Bush in charge...it IS Bush
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Pardon me but the clinton administration knew in 1995 that terrorists were training to fly airplanes into large buildings. reno freeh billy KNEW THIS

An attempt to reform security at airports was killed by algore and billy clinton, well before Mr Bush took office
20 posted on 05/25/2003 5:29:20 AM PDT by South Dakota (Just so you know, I'm saddened that daschle and McGovern are from my state)
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