Granny Rant
Friday, February 27, 2004
::: 9-11 Commission Told No ... No Extension :::

Hastert Tells W. House He Won't Extend 9/11 Panel

Could the administration really think the American people, remember them, the ones
who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001, are not interested in finding out how
9-11 unfolded, answering the countless questions that do not add up, in providing
explanations for grieving family members?

I doubt it.

There could be tiny indescrepancies lurking, missed signals, ignored warnings. Could
the party in power (as well as the one in the minority) be so self-absorbed, so intent
on retaining that power, they would deny the American people answers, the answers
to the questions on the tip of their tongues?

Could they be so embroilled in teir secrecy trip they could deny the 9-11 Commission
the right to examine the PDB (President's Daily Brief) reports, allowing one or two
panel members to review all the docs, then report to the rest of the panel?

Perhaps it is the the Saudi Secrets ... the 28 pages of blank lines ... page
after page after page.

It's not just the Saudi secret that's being kept.

The recent report of the joint congressional committee that probed intelligence failures before the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon reveals what the Bush administration doesn't want Americans to know about the American government.

You would not know this from media accounts about this report. They have dwelled on what the Bush administration doesn't want us to know about the Saudi government.

This is the famous 28-page chapter, a series of blank lines across page after page, that the president refuses to declassify despite the pleadings of the bipartisan group of lawmakers and the Saudi government itself.

The dustup over Saudi secrets is exquisitely convenient. It obscures George W. Bush's relentless hold on U.S. secrets and on information he maintains should be secret, though it has not necessarily been before now.

The report's appendix hints at what these secrets are, and why they are kept. "Access Limitations Encountered by the Joint Inquiry," the section is titled.

During spring and summer of 2001, the intelligence community was warning of the
possibility of a spectacular attack against the United States involving mass
casualties. Research shows countless warning came in from many other countries
such as Egypt, Pakistan, Israel and many more. Why were the warnings ignored?

And then there were these other curious occurances:

NEWSWEEK has learned that the state of alert had been high during the past two weeks, and a particularly urgent warning may have been received the night before the attacks, causing some top Pentagon brass to cancel a trip.

Pentagon officials cancelled September 11 flying plans day before: On Sept. 10, NEWSWEEK has learned, a group of top Pentagon officials suddenly canceled travel plans for the next morning, apparently because of security concerns.

US Heard 'Tomorrow Is Zero Hour' on Eve of Attacks: U.S. intelligence intercepted two messages the day before the Sept. 11 attacks that indicated an event was planned the following day, but the communications were not translated until Sept. 12, government sources said on Wednesday.

NSA Intercepts On Eve of 9/11 Sent a Warning: The National Security Agency intercepted two messages on the eve of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon warning that something was going to happen the next day, but the messages were not translated until Sept. 12, senior U.S. intelligence officials said yesterday.

Bin Laden's Trail - Rushdie Air Ban (banned from flying from September 3rd): THE author Salman Rushdie believes that US authorities knew of an imminent terrorist strike when they banned him from taking internal flights in Canada and the US only a week before the attacks.

Wednesday, May 22, 2002 10:51 a.m. EDT
Dan Rather: Bush Issued Bogus Terror Alert to Cover Up 9-11 Bungle.

CBS Evening News" anchorman Dan Rather accused the Bush administration Wednesday morning of issuing an unwarranted FBI terrorist alert to New York City yesterday primarily to distract from questions about its handling of pre-Sept. 11 intelligence information.

Appearing on the "Imus in the Morning" radio show, Rather said he "believed" his network's report a week ago that the White House received a CIA briefing before 9-11 on possible al-Qaeda hijackings prompted the administration to issue the alert for political damage control.

"I can believe that the president and the people around him were surprised and peeved, to say the least," Rather contended, "that the information got out last week with [CBS's] report that President Bush had been briefed about some things that, in retrospect after Sept. 11, would indicate that, well, maybe somebody should have done something."

Some Got Warning: Don't Go Downtown on Sept. 11: Federal investigators have received evidence that some Middle Easterners in the New York area were warned ahead of time to stay out of lower Manhattan the morning of Sept. 11, the Daily News has learned.

Police: Arab-American community, heard rumors of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington in the days leading up to the hijackings, law enforcement sources say.

Trade Center warning baffles police: I went to Brooklyn this week in search of an “urban myth” about the World Trade Center attacks. What I came back with was no longer a myth — it was cold, chilling fact. But it didn’t clear anything up for me; that the “myth” was true only made matters murkier. Was word of the attacks on the street beforehand? I wanted to find out.

Western Intel Knew bin Laden's Plan Since 1995 - German Pape: Western secret services knew as far back as 1995 that suspected terror mastermind Osama bin Laden planned to attack civilian sites using commercial passenger planes, German newspaper Die Welt said Friday.

NOTE: Something strange is happening with Blogspot lately. I did not click on the tab to "publish" this or the most recent post I am working on. I clicked on "post" which would normally SAVE it, not posted, so I can continue to work on it. Also, I did not intend for the entire post to be "bolded" and when I edit the post, I can find no reason for ALL of it to be bolded.

I am very puzzled and I wondered if anyone else is having problems?

There is a huge amount of data involved in this file ... most of which I just "cut" out. My plan was to work on it a bit more today when I had time and to provide the links to go with the questions or info ... also to cull whatever I did not think appropriate.

who is working on it, but not finding reasons for the oddities.

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