The countdown is finally over, and a 567-page
9/11 Commission report [pdf] is out. According
to the Commission Chairman, they have seen "every single document" and have
interviewed "every single relevant witness and authority." According to all
Commission members, this report should be considered a resounding success, since
it encompasses all information relevant to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and
very little, almost none, has been redacted, classified, or glossed over. Yet
we have heard no one screaming "classification," "sensitive diplomatic relations,"
"highly sensitive foreign business relations," or "national security implications."
This is highly puzzling and curious.
This puzzles me, considering that every investigation by the Congress and the
Inspector General (IG) into my issues, every report involving my
already-confirmed allegations involving serious lapses within the FBI, and every
legal procedure and due process dealing with my case alone, has been blocked,
gagged, entirely classified, and stopped. It is extremely curious that while
investigations and reports on one case alone has created so much havoc, a
massive investigation and a report involving all intelligence agencies and other
government bodies, including the State Department, has evoked zero objections
based on "sensitive foreign relations," "highly classified intelligence
matters," and/or "ongoing intelligence investigations."
This puzzles me, knowing the detailed information I myself provided to the
commission during a three and a half hour tape-recorded briefing, yet finding
only one footnote (footnote 25) briefly stating insufficient translation
capability within the FBI. It is highly curious that the report mentions nothing
regarding the "intentionally blocked translations by certain Middle Eastern
Translators, who also breached FBI security, as confirmed by the Senate
Judiciary"; nothing regarding "adamant resistance to investigations of certain
terrorist and criminal activities; refusing to transfer them to counterterrorism
from existing counterintelligence investigations, solely based on the vague
notion of protecting certain foreign relations"; nothing regarding "continued
efforts to cover up certain highly specific information received prior to
September 11, even now, years after 9/11"; and nothing regarding "knowingly
allowing certain individuals, directly or indirectly related to terrorist
activities, to leave the United States months after 9/11, without any
interrogation, and per the State Department's request."
This puzzles me, having firsthand knowledge of ongoing intelligence received
and processed by the FBI since 1997, which contained specific information
implicating certain high level government and elected officials in criminal
activities directly and indirectly related to terrorist money laundering,
narcotics, and illegal arms sales. It is highly curious that the report omitted
all this information, knowing that others in the Congress have been briefed on
these issues and have been given the names of targets involved, special agents,
translators, field offices, and files. I am highly puzzled and curious.
After the many public hearing shows, in which the Commissioners very
skillfully played their good cop/bad cop routine and displayed their lifelong
mastery of the political art of saying but not saying, and asking but not
asking, all parties and all agencies have readily accepted this report. The
president apparently considered the report rosy and appropriately symbolized its
presentation in his rose garden. The previous administration sighed with relief,
having scored a negative 4, compared to the current administration's negative 6,
in the blame game. Notorious Attorney General John Ashcroft left his
over-secrecy and classification guns in their holsters. In fact, this report
ended up being blessed by all those responsible for our nation's security and
interests, which were severely violated on September 11. I, for one, am highly
puzzled and curious. How about you?