THEN: 9-11 Commission Report: (still hiding in footnote 44)
Pathways from September 11 to January 6th
Today’s focus is…
…on the 9/11 Commission Report, which gave us a dependable bipartisan
recounting of the lead-up events to the 9/11 attacks. President Obama’s
2014 tribute in this video is a welcome reminder of what government can
do when it acts together in unity. In one way, however, we can detect that
the report failed. That is, it failed to investigate the contents of footnote 44
(page 502 of the 9/11 report): one of the most chilling mysteries of the September
11 attacks, for which thus far we have only rational theories from dependable
sources like Richard Clarke and Ali Soufan, but no clear answer as to why the
CIA clearly and deliberately withheld information from an active FBI criminal
investigation. Conspiracy theories grow in the soil of omission. (Note the
dangerous growth of this phenomenon in recent years.) This particular omission
could be described as the crowning stone that remains unturned in our
understanding of the lead-up to September 11.
In January of 2000 the CIA received a photocopy of a known al-Qaeda member
whose passport contained a visa for travel to the United States. The FBI was not notified. When the CIA subsequently learned of a second al-Qaeda member who had entered the U.S in March 2000: again, the FBI was not notified.
Read footnote 44: in the fine print. God, and the Devil, as we might say, resides
in the details: (Page 502 of the 9/11 Commission Report, footenote 44)
The footnote reads:
44. CIA cable, “Activities of Bin Ladin Associate Khalid Revealed,” Jan. 4, 2000.
His Saudi passport—which contained a visa for travel to the United States—was
photocopied and forwarded to CIA headquarters. This information was not shared
with FBI headquarters until August 2001. An FBI agent detailed to the Bin Ladin
unit at CIA attempted to share this information with colleagues at FBI headquarters.
A CIA desk officer instructed him not to send the cable with this information.
Several hours later, this same desk officer drafted a cable distributed solely
within CIA alleging that the visa documents had been shared with the FBI. She
admitted she did not personally share the information and cannot identify who told her they had been shared. We were unable to locate anyone who claimed to have shared the information. Contemporaneous documents contradict the claim that they were shared.
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