Fat Steve's Blatherings

Monday, August 29, 2005

Iran and 9/11

      Captain's Quarters reports that the CIA was warned, in July of 2001, that there would be a big attack on the U.S. on September 11th.  The informant was an Iranian intelligence agent, who said the Iranian intelligence agency new about the attack and the attackers, who would be pilots.  Interestingly, the 9/11 Commission had nothing on this.

      The Captain also notes another possible Iraq/al-Qaida connection: an editorial in an Iranian newspaper after the bombing of the USS Cole, in which bin Laden is praised, and mention is made of plans to bomb the White House, the Pentagon, and perhaps New York City.

      Perhaps this is all hooey, but increasingly it looks like the Commission started with the conclusions it wanted to reach, and then selected the evidence to support it.  As Captain Ed says:
      Like the Atta visit to Prague, for which the Czech government provided intelligence which they insist to this day is accurate, the Commission chose to minimize or ignore evidence and intelligence that would lead Americans to believe that any state had a role in facilitating al-Qaeda in its attack on 9/11.  They went out of their way to reach a conclusion that would encourage the US to discount the role of state sponsorship of terrorism, rather than point out that more than one state had some operational ties to the 9/11 conspiracy.



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