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Old 02-26-2014, 04:57 PM   #123
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Originally Posted by planetdoc View Post
Senator Bob Graham suggests that the FBI did not do a thorough report.
Interesting this article was published very recently.

Originally Posted by article
In a revelation missing from the official investigations of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the FBI placed a human source in direct contact with Osama bin Laden in 1993 and ascertained that the al Qaeda leader was looking to finance terrorist attacks in the United States, according to court testimony in a little-noticed employment dispute case.

Members of the Sept. 11 commission, congressional intelligence committees and terrorism analysts told The Times they are floored that the information is just now emerging publicly and that it raises questions about what else Americans might not have been told about the origins of al Qaeda and its early interest in attacking the United States.

“I think it raises a lot of questions about why that information didn’t become public and why the 9/11 Commission or the congressional intelligence committees weren’t told about it,” said former Rep. Peter Hoekstra, Michigan Republican, who chaired the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence from 2004 through 2007 when lawmakers dealt with the fallout from the 9/11 Commission’s official report.

Former Rep. Lee Hamilton, an Indiana Democrat who co-chaired the 9/11 Commission with former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, said that as far as he can remember, the FBI never told the commission that it had been working a source so close to bin Laden that many years before 9/11.

“I do not recall the FBI advising us of a direct contact with Osama bin Laden,” Mr. Hamilton told The Times in a recent interview.

Exactly how the information was omitted from the various congressional reviews and the 9/11 Commission report is a mystery.
So it sounds like the government had a person on the inside informing the FBI about OBL's plans but due to the thousands of threats that the US had it didn't believe OBL was capable of pulling off such an attack and it wasn't considered a top priority.

not only that, but here is what happend to the agent running the mole.

Originally Posted by article
Mr. Youssef remains with the bureau, overseeing its telephone intercept analysis unit, and he won an appeals court ruling a few years ago to pursue a discrimination lawsuit against the bureau. That ruling was handed down after FBI supervisors were forced to admit he was blocked from his job as one of the bureau’s top terrorism fighters because he was mistaken for an Arab Muslim whose loyalties should be questioned after Sept. 11. In fact, Mr. Youssef was a highly decorated agent and a Coptic Christian.
That's great. Let's marginalize and discriminate the very asset that was right. Gee. We really don't need people like him in the FBI.

Originally Posted by patteeu View Post
There still isn't any proof that government is participating in massive domestic surveillance, unless by surveillance you mean data warehousing for potential warrant-enabled access in the future.
recently filed lawsuit about that. This person might actually be able to prove standing, and the government will likely again claim "state secrets", but it may not work.

"DHS uses email intercepts to question U.S. citizen about her sex life"
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