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Sept. 11 Commission Savages FBI
Posted by CN Staff on April 13, 2004 at 08:56:44 PT
By The Associated Press 
Source: Globe and Mail 
Washington  The FBI failed miserably over several years to reorganize and respond to a steadily growing threat of terrorism, and U.S. Attorney-General John Ashcroft rejected an appeal from the agency for more funding on the day before al-Qaeda struck, the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks said Tuesday."On Sept. 11, the FBI was limited in several areas," the commission said in a staff report. It cited "limited intelligence collection and strategic analysis capabilities, a limited capacity to share information both internally and externally, insufficient training, an overly complex legal regime and inadequate resources."
The commission released its unflinchingly critical report at the outset of two days of hearings from several current and former officials at the Justice Department and FBI.Former FBI director Louis J. Freeh was the first to take the witness chair. "We had a very effective program with respect to counterterrorism prior to Sept. 11, given the resources that we had," he said.That seemed a reference to internal bureaucratic wars covered in part in the commission staff report.Former attorney-general Janet Reno said that while the FBI never seemed to have sufficient resources, "director Freeh seemed unwilling to shift resources to terrorism from other areas such as violent crime."On Sept. 11, 2001, the commission staff said, "about 1,300 agents, or 6 per cent of the FBI's total personnel, worked on counterterrorism."Ms. Reno was scheduled as the day's second witness, following Mr. Freeh.Cofer Black, the former head of the CIA counterterrorism centre; former acting FBI director Thomas Pickard and Mr. Ashcroft also were on the witness list for the day.The report said the FBI had an information system that was outdated before it was installed, further hampering efforts to battle terrorism. The report also cited legal impediments  the need to separate the fruits of intelligence from criminal prosecution  as complicating anti-terrorism efforts.Creation of a new Investigative Services Division in 1999 was a failure, the commission said, adding that 66 per cent of the FBI's analysts were "not qualified to perform analytical duties."A new counterterrorism strategy a year later again fell woefully short, and a review in 2001 showed that "almost every FBI field office's counterterrorism program was assessed to be operating at far below 'maximum capacity.'"The FBI's counterterrorism strategy was not a focus of the Justice Department in 2001," the first year of the Bush administration, it said.Mr. Ashcroft has testified previously that the Justice Department had "no higher priority" than protecting Americans from terrorism at home and abroad.Yet the commission staff statement quotes a former FBI counterterrorism chief, Dale Watson, as saying he "almost fell out of his chair" when he saw a May 10 budget memo from Mr. Ashcroft listing seven priorities, including illegal drugs and gun violence, but not terrorism.Additionally, on Sept. 10, Mr. Ashcroft rejected an appeal from Pickard for additional funding, the commission said. Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)Published:  Tuesday, April 13, 2004 Copyright: 2004 The Globe and Mail CompanyContact: letters globeandmail.caWebsite: http://www.globeandmail.com/CannabisNews FBI Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/FBI.shtml
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Comment #5 posted by mayan on April 13, 2004 at 17:42:32 PT
Strange, Isn't it?
It is so strange how O'Neil Perished at the WTC. He was hot on Bin Laden's trail and as Kap'n pointed out, was told to back off. Why? As damning as these revelations from the 9/11 commission seem, they don't even begin to scratch the surface of the ugly truth regarding what really happenned."Oh Lucy! - You Gotta Lotta 'Splainin To Do" - A TIMELINE SURROUNDING SEPTEMBER 11TH - IF CIA AND THE GOVERNMENT WEREN'T INVOLVED IN THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS
WHAT WERE THEY DOING? by Michael C. Ruppert:
http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/02_11_02_lucy.html
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Comment #4 posted by Truth on April 13, 2004 at 10:37:57 PT
A. croft
 May 10 budget memo from Mr. Ashcroft listing seven priorities, including illegal drugs and gun violence, but not terrorism.Smoking gun showing proof positive what an idiot ashcroft is. 
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Comment #3 posted by schmeff on April 13, 2004 at 09:39:55 PT
"We Didn't Have Enough Resources" Waaa, Whaa
The FBI had enough resources to make sure they had plenty of agents in Michigan a couple days earlier to assassinate two cannabis activists.Never forget Rainbow Farm.
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Comment #2 posted by kaptinemo on April 13, 2004 at 09:19:27 PT:
It's sad to watch grown men scurry like this
Hands trying desperately to cover filthy backsides being exposed. The ghost of John O'Neil, the chief anti-terrorist investigator and amongst the best the FBI had, must be shaking his head. He died in the WTC after taking a security job there on that terrible morning, having been forced out of the Feebs on politically trumped up malfeasance chages. He had just about all the dots connected, the who, what, when , where, how and why...and was told to back off. More about John O'Neil: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/knew/The Feebs have ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSES WORTHY OF THE NAME to say they hadn't the resources; O'Neil and his team were practically an intelligence army of their own. The Feebs squandered that resource due to political pressure from foreign 'allies'. 'Allies' who have sheltered terrs for years.These people poor-mouthing themselves have only themselves to blame when the axe finally falls on their bureaucratic necks...
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 13, 2004 at 08:58:31 PT
This Says It All To Me
Yet the commission staff statement quotes a former FBI counterterrorism chief, Dale Watson, as saying he "almost fell out of his chair" when he saw a May 10 budget memo from Mr. Ashcroft listing seven priorities, including illegal drugs and gun violence, but not terrorism.
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