George Tenet accused the Bushies of avoiding a paper trail by ignoring meetings and warnings prior to 9/11. But the large gap in his story is that Tenet was himself actively hiding known Al Qaeda mambers living in San Diego from Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke. This is corroborated in the CIA Inspector General report from 2005 (page xiii, bottom). Tenet also obviously lied to the 9/11 Commission–a felony.
Consider the source…
That morning of July 10, the head of the agency’s Al Qaeda unit, Richard Blee, burst into [Cofer] Black’s office…
What can we infer from this day?
Three top CIA officers were involved: Blee, Black and Tenet. The odds are that one or more of them were not in on the grand plan, that the attacks needed to succeed in order to give America a pretext to attack Asia for the next century. The September 11th attacks provided the “new Pearl Harbor” as laid out in Rebuilding America’s Defenses, from the Project for a New American Century (PNAC).
That makes everything else in this article a half-truth, a take-it-with-a-grain-of-salt, revelation:
“Rich [Blee] started by saying, ‘There will be significant terrorist attacks against the United States in the coming weeks or months.
…And the word back,” says Tenet, “‘was ‘we’re not quite ready to consider this. We don’t want the clock to start ticking.’” (Translation: they did not want a paper trail to show that they’d been warned.)
It’s entirely possible that Blee and/or Black were not co-conspirators, and that all the rest of it was theater for their benefit.
While the Inspector General makes clear that many people at CIA were aware of the Al Qaeda men in San Diego, it has a gaping hole in it, due to the ongoing cover-up of Saudi state involvement. There is a cover story that complicates matters.
It should also be mentioned that while the top CIA brass were allegedly worried that all these Al Qaeda men were “coming here,” the issuance of VISAS from SAUDI ARABIA received no attention: which is how they actually got into the country.
J. Michael Springmann has long exposed that the CIA ran the Saudi consulates and overrode State Department officers in order to sneak in “unqualified applicants” such as the 9/11 hijackers.