NYTIMES: WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 - More than a year before the Sept. 11 attacks, a small, highly classified military intelligence unit identified Mohammed Atta and three other future hijackers as likely members of a cell of Al Qaeda operating in the United States, according to a former defense intelligence official and a Republican member of Congress. In the summer of 2000, the military team, known as Able Danger, prepared a chart that included visa photographs of the four men and recommended to the military's Special Operations Command that the information be shared with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the congressman, Representative Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania, and the former intelligence official said Monday. The recommendation was rejected and the information was not shared, they said, apparently at least in part because Mr. Atta, and the others were in the United States on valid entry visas. Under American law, United States citizens and green-card holders may not be singled out in intelligence-collection operations by the military or intelligence agencies. That protection does not extend to visa holders, but Mr. Weldon and the former intelligence official said it might have reinforced a sense of discomfort common before Sept. 11 about sharing intelligence information with a law enforcement agency.
Clinton policies and attitudes about jihadoterror ALLOWED this to happen AND ALLOWED AL QAEDA CELLS TO OPERATE IN THE USA - EVEN AFTER al Qaeda had attacked us REPEATEDLY: (1) Blackhawk Down; (2) the 1993 WTC ATTACK, (3) the Khobar Towers Attack; (4) the African Embassies Attack; (5) the USS Cole Attack. Clinton NEVER responded adequately to the terror threat. (In all fairness, neither did Bush Senior or Reagan or Carter - who was the worst offender allowing the jihadoterritst depose the Shah and allowing the USSR to invade Afgfhanistan and allowing Saddam to take over in Iraq without maing any adequate response. )
I AM DELIBERATELY CHARGING CLINTON WITH MALFEASANCE IN THIS MATTER. Clinton ALLOWED this to happen because even after repeated attacks he REFUSED to let the national intel' folks in the DIA and the CIA talk to the FBI or other domestic law enforcement folks. Clinton failed to act PROPERLY, allowing this "wall" to continue EVEN THOUGH he viewed jihadoterrorism as MERELY a "LAW ENFORCEMENT" issue. [If it was a "law enforcement issue" then why did he PREVENT the CIA from HELPING the law enforcers at the FBI arrest the jihadoterrorists, AT THE VERY LEAST!?]
Perhaps the real reason for Clinton's FAILURE TO ACT was that - (and this is ACCORDING TO RICHARD CLARKE'S BOOK) - Clinton viewed jihadoterrorism as something that interfered with his quest for a Nobel Peace Prize, a prize he thought he'd win "fer sure" for negotiating a "final settlement" between Israeli president Barak and Grand-arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat.
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