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On the trail of the CIA Officers who hid the San Diego Cell 9/11 hijackers from the FBI and from White House Counterterrorism Advisor Richard Clarke:


The CIA is protecting two employees at the heart of the 9/11 intelligence failures, threatening journalists John Duffy and Ray Nowosielski – yours truly – with a possible unprecedented federal prosecution under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. The incident concerning the two in the run up to the Sept 11th tragedy has become infamous.

“Its one of the most troubling aspects or our entire report, that particular thing,” explained 9/11 Commission chairman Thomas Kean. The Newsweek journalist who broke the story in 2002, Michael Isikoff, goes even further. “That was a pretty stunning intelligence lapse. Probably one of the biggest intelligence lapses of our time.”

The identities in question are those of a former staff operations officer at the CIA’s Al Qaeda unit in 2000, called Michael in the Commission Report, and her immediate supervisor at the time, referred to by her middle name, Frances, in an AP story about CIA accountability in February.

Likely candidates for their names were discovered through savvy internet research conducted based on minimal background details provided from various sources and previously published stories. When we were not corrected after using the names in conversations with people in a position to know, we had a sort of confirmation.

The real confirmation came on Thursday via CIA’s reaction to our email informing them that the names would be included in an investigative podcast to be released Sunday on iTunes, Who Is Rich Blee? “We strongly believe it is irresponsible and a potential violation of criminal law to print the names of two reported undercover CIA officers whom you claim have been involved in the hunt against al Qa’ida.”

The federal law in question was later stated: the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. The law has never before been applied to journalists who find information in open-source materials. This possible expansion of precedent fits an ongoing pattern of intimidation and redefining precedent regarding leaks and whistleblowers from the White House. The Obama administration has used the Espionage Act to prosecute more whistleblowers in one term than all previous Presidents combined, as the New York Times noted last month.

We are told that the two were analysts whose names were not classified at the time of 9/11. Following that tragedy, the Agency might have chosen to hold them accountable in some appropriate manner. Instead, they were placed into cover status where today they work, according to the Agency, as important players in the fight against Al Qaeda.

We have confirmed with The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer that “Frances” is the same red-haired CIA employee described in her best-selling book The Dark Side as having been reprimanded for making herself involved in the waterboarding of Khalid Shaikh Mohammad without being officially assigned to do. The CIA has told us this did not happen, though it was unclear if they meant the incident or the reprimanding. She was reportedly later informed by superiors, “Its not supposed to be entertainment.”

She is also “the analyst at the heart of the el-Masri mishap,” as reported by AP in February. El-Masri was an innocent German citizen who was kidnapped in December 2003 and interrogated for five months in a secret prison. A source in a position to know has further asserted that “Frances” was partially singled out for blame in an internal CIA review of the suicide bombing in Khost that killed seven officers. The Agency was widely criticized for failing to take basic safety steps before bringing the double-agent bomber into a CIA base.

This is one of the people the CIA says we would be irresponsible to reveal to the American public.

Posted 22nd September 2011 by STARstream Research | STARpod.US |

“Frances” may indeed be the heroine of Kathryn Bigelow’s ZERO DARK THIRTY, whose real name is Alfreda Frances Bikowsky.

Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty