9/11: Ineptitude by Design?

Call my cynical, or overly suspicious, or a tin-foil hat wearer… whatever. At this point there is nothing I would put behind this administration, its PNAC founders, or its idiot puppet. It also doesn’t matter, except to “degrees” that they are either supremely incompetent, bordering on total buffoonery or, as it appears more and more so, the orchestrator of one of the biggest evils to have ever been enacted against this country. Whether they Planned the thing, or not, it seems that they knew all along that something horrific was impending. They either didn’t care, or desired it to happen (so their tragedy of shock and awe could take place) and did nothing to stop the threats (warned over and over again).

Does it matter if they are inept? Or evil? Shouldn’t they be held accountable in either case?

From gottalaf at Cliff Schecter:

September 11, 2001: They knew but did nothing

Go here to findan easy-to-understand, extensive excerpt from a new book by Philip Shenon that reveals how the White House tried to hide the truth of its ineptitude leading up to the September 11 terrorist attacks. 

And here are a few excerpts from the excerpts:

Bin Ladin Planning Multiple Operations” (April 20)and “Bin Ladin Threats Are Real” (June 30) It was especially troubling for Hurley’s team to realise how many of the warnings were directed to the desk of one person: Condoleezza Rice, the National Security Adviser. Emails from the National Security Council’s counter-terrorism director, Richard Clarke, showed that he had bombarded Rice with messages about terrorist threats. He was trying to get her to focus on the intelligence she should have been reading each morning in the presidential and senior briefings

Bin Ladin Public Profile May Presage Attack” (May 3)

Terrorist Groups Said Co-operating on US Hostage Plot” (May 23)

Bin Ladin’s Networks’ Plans Advancing” (May 26)

Bin Ladin Attacks May Be Imminent” (June 23)

Bin Ladin and Associates Making Near-Term Threats” (June 25)

Bin Ladin Planning High-ProfileAttacks” (June 30)

Planning for Bin Ladin Attacks Continues, Despite Delays” (July 2)

One more quote that sums things up depressingly accurately:

But what had happened in the White House in the first eight months of George Bush’s presidency had all but guaranteed that 19 young Arab men with little more than pocket knives, a few cans of mace, and a misunderstanding of the tenets of Islam could bring the US to its knees.

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