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  • The OLC "torture memos": thoughts from a dissenter

    04/21/2009 12:09:30 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 7 replies · 467+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | Apr 21, 2009 | By Philip Zelikow
    .....Having been the executive director of the 9/11 Commission, I'm aware of what some of these captives did....[T]he evidence against most -- if not all -- of the high-value detainees remains damning. But the issue is not about who or what they are. It is about who or what we are. With the release of these OLC memos, I can add three .....comments..... 1. The focus on water-boarding misses the main point of the program. Which is that it was a program. Unlike the image of using intense physical coercion as a quick, desperate expedient, the program developed "interrogation plans"...
  • 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...
  • Zelikow to resign from State Department

    11/27/2006 2:26:53 PM PST · by ARealMothersSonForever · 45 replies · 1,693+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | November 27, 2006 | ANNE GEARAN
    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's most senior adviser on Iraq is leaving the State Department to return to his teaching job. Philip D. Zelikow is the best-known member of Rice's academic brain trust at the State Department, and the author of sometimes contrarian appraisals of the Iraq conflict and reconstruction effort. He holds the title counselor, a sort of adviser without portfolio. In a resignation letter dated Monday, Zelikow said he will return to teaching at the University of Virginia in January. He cited a "long-standing debt to my family" and "truly riveting obligation to college bursars," for...
  • Inside Able Danger – The Secret Birth and Untimely Death of a U.S. Military Intelligence Program

    09/02/2005 7:10:43 AM PDT · by mal · 17 replies · 1,186+ views
    In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with GSN on August 23, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, the military intelligence operative who collaborated with Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) to draw worldwide attention to the Able Danger intelligence unit, described Able Danger’s origins, explained how it tracked terrorists as they visited individual mosques around the world, discussed the CIA’s refusal to cooperate with the program, acknowledged the supporting technical role played by the Raytheon Company, and described Able Danger’s ultimate demise.
  • Stephen Hayes:See No Evil, Hear No Evil(What the 9/11 Commission narrative left out: Iraqis)

    08/28/2005 1:49:07 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 69 replies · 4,487+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 5 / September 12, 2005 | Stephen F. Hayes
    AHMED HIKMAT SHAKIR IS A shadowy figure who provided logistical assistance to one, maybe two, of the 9/11 hijackers. Years before, he had received a phone call from the Jersey City, New Jersey, safehouse of the plotters who would soon, in February 1993, park a truck bomb in the basement of the World Trade Center. The safehouse was the apartment of Musab Yasin, brother of Abdul Rahman Yasin, who scorched his own leg while mixing the chemicals for the 1993 bomb.When Shakir was arrested shortly after the 9/11 attacks, his "pocket litter," in the parlance of the investigators, included contact...

    08/11/2005 6:30:09 PM PDT · by Bronc1 · 47 replies · 4,293+ views
    August 11, 2005 | Bronc1
  • How Chinagate Led to 9/11

    08/11/2005 6:14:05 PM PDT · by Bronc1 · 30 replies · 5,053+ views
    Front Page magazine ^ | May 25, 2004 | Jean Pearce
    "...In April, 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, who served as the Clinton Justice Department’s deputy attorney general from 1994 to 1997, 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..."
  • 9/11 Commission Transcript: U. S. Attorney General John Ashcroft - Wednesday, April 14, 2004

    08/11/2005 2:32:50 PM PDT · by Bronc1 · 32 replies · 3,429+ views
    Pittsburg Post-Gazette ^ | April 14, 2004 | Bronc1
    "...So it's my clear belief that the wall itself developed this culture which restrained in a substantial way the exchange of information in the intelligence and law enforcement communities. The Bellows report, which was part of some recommendations following the Wen Ho Lee case, indicated that it was part of the culture at the FBI that if one made a mistake and shared information that was later deemed to be inappropriate, it was called a career- ender, so that the risk of a person sharing information improperly was at least known in the culture of the law enforcement community to...
  • Who's Who on the 9/11 "Independent" Commission?

    08/11/2005 2:17:27 PM PDT · by Bronc1 · 19 replies · 2,158+ views
    Independent Media TV ^ | July 21, 2003 | Michael Chossudovsky
    According to The New York Times (8 July 2003): "the federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 terror attacks said today that its work was being hampered by the failure of executive branch agencies, especially the Pentagon and the Justice Department, to respond quickly to requests for documents and testimony." Several alternative media have joined the bandwagon. George W. Bush is accused of obstructing the investigation...Former Jersey governor Thomas Kean, the commission's chairman is presented as an honest and uncompromising individual, who is courageously confronting the US government: "Without greater cooperation, Kean said, ''we cannot do the job we are supposed...
  • OH REALLY, MR. KOJM?...Q & A with Christopher Kojm, Deputy Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission

    08/11/2005 2:00:11 PM PDT · by Bronc1 · 2 replies · 1,078+ views
    "...It was a deeply rewarding experience to work with highly capable colleagues and for such distinguished and thoughtful commissioners. Our commission sessions had long and occasionally heated discussion, but it was always productive and the commissioners themselves were devoted to achieving bipartisanship and unanimity. They understood very well that their impact would be greatest if they were unanimous..."
  • Four in 9/11 Plot Are Called Tied to Qaeda in '00

    08/09/2005 10:12:39 PM PDT · by Bronc1 · 25 replies · 2,637+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 9, 2005 | Douglas Jehl
    ...The former intelligence official said the first Able Danger report identified all four men as members of a "Brooklyn" cell, and was produced within two months after Mr. Atta arrived in the United States. The former intelligence official said he was among a group that briefed Mr. Zelikow and at least three other members of the Sept. 11 commission staff about Able Danger when they visited the Afghanistan-Pakistan region in October 2003...

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 754 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Domestic warnings dated to Clinton

    04/18/2004 10:51:26 PM PDT · by kattracks · 1 replies · 115+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4/19/04 | Shaun Waterman, UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
    <p>There were many more, and more specific, threats of domestic attacks by Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network during the Clinton presidency than during the Bush administration prior to September 11, 2001, investigators probing terror attacks said.</p> <p>The Aug. 6 presidential terror briefing item released recently by the White House was "almost unique" for President Bush's White House, because it dealt with threats against the homeland, rather than abroad.</p>
  • The 9-11 Yentas

    04/14/2004 6:30:10 PM PDT · by Huck · 14 replies · 160+ views
    self | 4/14/2004 | Huck
    The plain truth of it is that the Family Steering Committee, what I call the 9-11 yentas, and what the left leaning media outlets call "the families of the victims"(as if this committee represents them en toto), are a partisan group of Democrat political activists. They are organized and aligned against the Bush Administration. And events of the last couple of days have provided a clear demonstration of that sad and tawdry fact. The other day I was ranting to some friends about Jamie Gorelick, the bitchy Democrat commissioner who, upon completing her long winded partisan attack, badgered Rice between...
  • NBC Trumps Rice With Anti-Bush Widows

    04/09/2004 7:06:56 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 59 replies · 893+ views
    MRC ^ | 4.09.04 | Tim Graham
    NBC and MSNBC Allowed No Pro-Bush Mourners to Express Their Feelings About Condi Testimony Who are the most important judges of the investigation of what went wrong before September 11? The media elite have provided one consistent answer on who is in the political driver’s seat: the relatives of the victims. But not all of them. In recent weeks, the networks have interviewed a selected set of 9-11 widows and other relatives, and most have focused the lion’s share of their outrage at the Bush administration. Viewers at home might assume that a poll of 9-11 families would find they...
  • Before Rice Agreed to Testify in Public, 9/11 Comm. Exec. Dir. Faxed WH 1945 Photo

    04/05/2004 6:25:00 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 93 replies · 859+ views
    Yahoooo ^ | 4/5/04
    Zelikow Warned White House Counsel That Unless Rice Testified in Public, Photo Would '...Be All Over Washington in 24 Hours' NEW YORK, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Last Monday morning 9/11 commission executive director Philip Zelikow faxed a photograph to the White House counsel's office with a note saying that if the White House didn't allow national-security adviser Condoleezza Rice to testify in public before the commission, the photograph would" all over Washington in 24 hours," Newsweek has learned. The photo, from a Nov. 22, 1945, New York Times story, showed presidential chief of staff Adm. William D. Leahy, appearing before...
  • Iraq War Was about Israel, Bush Insider Suggests (9/11 Commission member Zelikow under attack)

    03/30/2004 2:23:35 PM PST · by rogueleader · 83 replies · 271+ views
    Inter Press Service (IPS) ^ | Mar 29, 2004 | Emad Mekay
    Iraq under Saddam Hussein did not pose a threat to the United States but it did to Israel, which is one reason why Washington invaded the Arab country, according to a speech made by a member of a top-level White House intelligence group. IPS uncovered the remarks by Philip Zelikow, who is now the executive director of the body set up to investigate the terrorist attacks on the United States in September 2001--the 9/11 commission--in which he suggests a prime motive for the invasion just over one year ago was to eliminate a threat to Israel, a staunch U.S. ally...
  • Groups call for the resignation of Sept. 11 commission director

    03/23/2004 5:53:48 AM PST · by Alissa · 12 replies · 99+ views
    GovExec.Com ^ | March 22, 2004 | Chris Strohm
    Public interest groups are demanding the immediate resignation of the director of the federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, just as the commission prepares to hold high-profile hearings this week with senior officials from the Bush and Clinton administrations. The 9-11 Family Steering Committee and 9-11 Citizens Watch, two separate groups, are demanding the resignation of Philip Zelikow, executive director of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, after information surfaced over the weekend that he participated in Bush administration briefings prior to Sept. 11 on the threat al Qaeda posed to the country. "We...