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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

In the aftermath of the bombing of the USS Cole in the Port of Aden, Yemen, FBI agents Ali Soufan and i49 - counterintelligence - head John O'Neill were hot on the heals of Al Qaeda. Despite urgent pleadings for the CIA to share intel they'd gathered on Al Qaeda, the CIA refused to hand over vital intelligence about the existence of the 9/11 hijackers living in America, practicing in flight simulators in preparation for the 9/11 attacks. Had the CIA given the urgently requested info to John O'Neill's team, those Al Qaeda terrorists would have been located before the attacks could take place. Following the attacks, the very Cia personnel in 'Alec Station' who withheld intel from the FBI were promoted and given greater responsibility.



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Lengthy article, but worth the read.

For an in depth understanding of how the CIA and Bush intelligence officials were responsible for the 9/11 attacks happening rather than being stopped before they could take place, watch "The Looming Tower" miniseries about the FBI's 'i49' counter-terrorism unit and how the CIA's "Alec Station" counter-terrorism head thwarted the FBI at every turn.

BTW, John O'Neill, who headed the FBI's i49 counter-terrorism unit, was forced out by the Bush administration. He took a job at the WTC as head of security days before the 9/11 attack and was killed as he helped hundreds of people make it down the stairs and out of Tower 2.

If you watch "The Looming Tower," you'll get a very accurate portrayal of how the 9/11 attacks could and should have been prevented but for the CIA putting up roadblocks to protect their turf. Also, Condoleeza Rice's inept, condescending, laissez-faire attitude about Al Qaeda before the attacks, and that of the entire Bush WH.

#1 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-09-11 02:49 AM | Reply

BTW, Rice stopped Richard Clarke, with the FBI's O'Neill America's top experts on Al Qaeda and counterterrorism at the time, from having access to Bush - despite Clarke's directly advising presidents from Reagan through Clinton - and regularly discounted Clarke and O'Neill's urgent pleadings about Al Qaeda and the distinct possibility they'd attempt an attack on American soil.

Again, I can't recommend Hulu's "The Looming Tower" highly enough. I learned more from watching that miniseries about why 9/11 could and should have been prevented than I ever knew before. Jeff Daniels as O'Neill, and Tahar Rahim as FBI agent Ali Soufan (at the time one of only 9 FBI Muslim/Arabic-speaking agents at the time) give incredible and accurate portrayals of what transpired.

#2 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-09-11 03:14 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

God rest the souls that perished on that day. You will never be forgotten...

#3 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2019-09-11 04:53 AM | Reply

What's infuriating is that no one was ever held accountable for allowing 9/11 to happen.

We have all the intel tools imaginable.

George W. Bush wasn't even held accountable at the ballot box in 2004.

No wonder America is in decline.

#4 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-09-11 06:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

IMHO it's not too late to hold George W. Bush and Dick Cheney accountable. These men should be behind bars.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2019-09-11 06:48 AM | Reply

Jamie Gorelick is doing quite well.

#6 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-09-11 08:05 AM | Reply

The events that immediately followed 9/11 were directly in line with PNAC. Nothing more than a vehicle to promote American imperialism further on a global scale.

#7 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-09-11 08:29 AM | Reply

A day to remember:


#8 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-09-11 10:06 AM | Reply

"40 Wall Street actually was the second tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest. And then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second tallest.

And now it's the tallest."
-Your God, on 9/11

#9 | Posted by JOE at 2019-09-11 10:10 AM | Reply

9/11 Could Have Been Prevented If CIA Shared Intel With FBI

This is old news.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-09-11 10:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2


That's ridiculous.

#11 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-09-11 10:26 AM | Reply

That's ridiculous.


It is ... but that is what she said about it.

#12 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-09-11 10:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

9/11 Could Have Been Prevented If CIA Shared Intel With FBI

This is old news.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ

Do you know the whole story? As much of a news hound as I am, I didn't. I knew the name 'John O'Neill' and that he was a former FBI agent who was killed in the WTC on 9/11, but certainly not the full, comprehensive story of how 9/11 was allowed to happen due to a couple of particular CIA agents and later the Bush administration's nonchalance about Al Qaeda.

#13 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-09-11 02:10 PM | Reply

9/11 could have been prevented if Asscroft had been more concerned with terrorism than with statues ------- and porn.

Things could have been stopped if W would have listened to the PDB and paused from clearing brush in Crawford.

W needed an attack to be a war time prezident. Cheney needed it to save Halliburton.


I wouldn't put it past anyone in either political party.

#14 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-09-11 02:11 PM | Reply

#14 | Posted by Nixon

Ashcroft was boss of FBI head Louis Freeh, but it was the CIA - 2 officers in particular + Tenet - withholding info from the FBI's i49 counterterrorism unit that ultimately led to none of the Al Qaeda the CIA knew were in the U.S. being rounded up by the FBI before the attacks happened.

The FBI's John O'Neill and Ali Soufan were hot on the heels of Al Qaeda but couldn't get the CIA to give them the names of Al Qaeda members the CIA knew had been living in the U.S. for some time, and in particular the hijackers spending time in flight simulators across the country.

O'Neill, a doggedly determined agent who begged and yelled and plead for the intel the CIA withheld, was forced into retirement and killed at the WTC during the 9/11 attacks while helping hundreds escape down the stairs.

Again, check out "The Looming Tower." It's excellent. I learned more than I ever knew about the lead up to 9/11 and how it could and should have been prevented.

#15 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-09-11 03:03 PM | Reply

Not sure if this is exactly the day to discuss this, or the one day not to.

#16 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2019-09-11 03:20 PM | Reply

And you could have been prevented if your dad wore a rubber.

"If" is a huge word.

#17 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-11 08:55 PM | Reply

Yeah, that's what we need.

There's a damn cold reason, too.

#18 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-09-12 05:23 PM | Reply

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