Monday, June 3, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 143



FBI, Bush ignore terrorist warnings

Brandon Moeller

Oops. Looks like Mr. Mueller and the rest of the FBI could have known about the whole terrorist ploy before it transpired that fateful day in

So what should be done about it? Well, it's an interesting topic out there on the wires and in the editorial pages of American newspapers.

Mr. Mueller, after it was revealed that his agency did not perform at 110 percent prior to that horrific day nine months ago, enacted a new public
relations persona of openness, admitting Wednesday that his agency has "to do a better job." Mr. Mueller said that "red flags" and "dots that
should have been connected" existed, according to Kevin Johnson in USA Today.

It took an internal whistle blower for the American people to come anywhere near the truth. Not only did the FBI not forewarn us of a terrorist plot
it could have uncovered prior to it happening, but it also refused to admit its error. It took a 21-year veteran female Special Agent and Chief
Division Counsel of the agency to finally spill the news that Mueller was lying to us.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd celebrated the heroic female whistle blower Coleen Rowley in a recent column. Dowd wrote that
President Bush should request, "Bring me the head of Osama bin Laden. Or Bob Mueller."

But if you ask me, I think the mainstream mass media also failed the American people when it comes to disseminating the information we
should have known before and after Sept. 11. One of the first questions that should have been asked after the attack on the World Trade Center
and the Pentagon should have been "How much did we know?"

The American press had the power to answer this question, but it didn't do it in a timely fashion. But it's not only the fault of the tremendously
increasing mass media oligopoly.

What the Bush Administration did know is that bin Laden and the Al-Qaida network were said to have been behind the 1993 World Trade
Center bombing, the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 and the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole. This didn't stop Bush from
wanting to do business with the Taliban, offering them a "carpet of gold" if they would go against bin Laden and allow the building of an oil
pipeline in Afghanistan.

Remember the few days following Sept. 11 when people were stranded across the country because flights were stopped for a few days? The
media forgot to monitor the skies after reporting them closed: One flight got out of the country thanks to the Bush administration. That flight
picked up the relatives of bin Laden and flew them outside of America before the FBI or CIA or any law enforcement group could interview them
and ask them what they knew.

In the Sunday Washington Post, James Bamford suggests that maybe the FBI and CIA aren't the only national agencies that should be under
the microscope and given a test to find if they know a terrorist when they see one. The National Security Agency, Bamford argues, should have
been able to smell a terrorist that "set up shop literally right under its nose."

For the events of Sept. 11, to have happened, there is a large list of people to blame for not preparing and forewarning the American people.
Mindlessly playing the blame game dilutes the key issues of importance in undermining future attacks. The first step is for the American people
to know exactly what is going on around them: and how their leaders are behaving and in the case of Sept. 11, failing them.

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