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Thursday, August 18, 2005

A Really Big Story, post I

Summary:

      The Clinton State Department warned the White House in 1996 not to let Osama bin Laden set up shop in Afghanistan.  The Clinton administration chose to do nothing.

      Someone sat on that information till recently.

At Length:

      The connection of intelligence, terrorism, and politics is addressed in this New York Times story.

      On July 18, 1996, when Osama bin Laden was getting ready to move from Sudan to Afghanistan, intelligence analysts at the State Department warned the Clinton Administration that b.L. intended to "expand radical Islam 'well beyond the Middle East,'", and that b.L. would be in much better shape to do so working from Afghanistan, but the White House chose to do nothing.

      Unsurprisingly, this memo was classified at the time.  But on December 11th, 2001, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents relating to al-Qaida, and this one was just declassified.

      As Tigerhawk says, isn't it interesting that someone sat on this till after the Presidential election?

      Judicial Watch has a press release on the documents, as well as the originals in the vile and disgusting pdf format.

      This post is also worth reading (hat tip: the Blogfather).

THE HOUSE OF SAUD MUST BE DESTROYED — AND WILL BE!

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