Tuesday, August 09, 2005

U.S. knew of al Qaeda cell before 9/11-lawmaker

Is this it? Does this explain all the BushCorp secrecy and obfuscation? Does this demonstrate the depths of their incompetence? The story:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. military intelligence team identified four Sept. 11 hijackers, including ringleader Mohammed Atta, as likely members of an al Qaeda cell in the United States over a year before the 2001 attacks, a former team member and a Republican congressman said on Tuesday.

The classified eight-member team, code-named "Able Danger," produced a chart with photographs of Atta and three other hijackers in 2000 and unsuccessfully sought to pass the information on to the FBI.

Rep. Curt Weldon, a Pennsylvania Republican who is vice chairman of both the House Armed Services and Homeland Security committees, said the information was provided to the staff of the Sept. 11 commission but some commissioners were never briefed on the material.
Perhaps after a screw up like this, little white lies about Iraq's WMD and non-existent nuclear programs were easy. Outing undercover CIA agents? No problem.

After all this administration is the one that ignored the August PDB "Bin Laden to attack in US". After all this administration apparently ignored an identified al Qaeda cell operating in the US.

One wonders if EVERY act of this administration has been nothing more than a distraction to divert attention from the truth: The Bush administration's massive incompetence, as much as any other cause, was responsible for the tragedy of 9/11.

One wonders indeed.

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