Scraps and Lies – Bush’s Memorial to the 9/11 Families
W. David Jenkins III
wasted an opportunity to learn why people like me, like Mohamed Atta, have so
much hatred of you.” - Zacarias
“Now that the Moussaoui penalty phase is over, I certainly hope
that the information will be flowing freely to the American people.”
- Kristin Breitweiser on
With all due respect to Ms.
Breitweiser, I believe we all know that there will be no information regarding
9/11 “flowing freely” to the American people. Not now anyway nor in the near
future. Everyone needs to just focus on the fact that the “20th
hijacker” has been sentenced and now we can move on because we have more
important things to worry about – like a Spanish version of the national
Moussaoui trial was little more than a carrot dangled before the American people
in hopes that his sentence or possible execution would take much of the heat off
the government’s ineptitude when it came to matters regarding 9/11. But the
truth is that Moussaoui never should have stood trial for crimes related to
9/11. Not because he was innocent but because the government had such a shoddy
case against him. One federal capital defense lawyer stated that, “If
this had not been 9/11, the government's theory of liability would not have
passed the laugh test.” So Moussaoui
will spend the rest of his life in prison because he didn’t tell us that
something really bad was going to happen.
about it. If you remove the 9/11 aspect this charge, does Moussaoui’s trial or
sentence make any sense? If withholding information about a coming disaster
resulting in the death of thousands warrants a life sentence or the death
penalty, then shouldn’t most of the Bush administration be locked up or on
death row because they failed to tell us something bad was going to happen when
underlying foundation of the government’s case was that if Moussaoui had
talked then we could have possibly prevented 9/11 from happening. Alas! If only
he had warned us instead of being such a nasty terrorist we could have saved all
of those poor people who perished that day! If Moussaoui had told us what he
knew then we wouldn’t still be bitching about what to put in that big hole in
put a sock in it already. We had plenty of warnings. There were warnings from
Richard Clarke, John O’Neill and even former CIA director, George Tenet. The
Hart-Rudman report, which documented the threat posed by al Qaeda, was given to
the incoming Bush administration nine months before 9/11 and Bush gave it to
Cheney and Cheney put it in a closet somewhere.
was also the August 6th PDB warning that bin Laden was determined to
the final phase of Moussaoui’s trial, FBI agent Harry Samit testified that he
had tried several times to get his superiors assist him in confirming his
suspicions that Moussaoui was in fact involved with an imminent terrorist attack
involving hijacked airliners. Each attempt by Samit to obtain assistance from
years ago former FBI agent, Colleen Rowley, testified how her efforts to
investigate Moussaoui were also thwarted by superiors in
government’s claim that Moussaoui’s guilt rests solely on his refusal to
tell what he knew, thus preventing any attempts to stop the 9/11 attacks, is
weak if not completely absurd. Even if officials had not been “criminally
negligent,” an aggressive investigation into Moussaoui might have turned up
members of al Qaeda, including alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed,
had written and video testimony submitted in the trial in which they stated that
Moussaoui was not only not involved
with any 9/11 plans but was also considered a “loose cannon” and well, maybe
just a tad too crazy for al Qaeda. Waleed bin Attash, alleged mastermind of the
USS Cole attack, stated that he had to shut off his cell phone because Moussaoui
called him everyday with notions of kidnapping Chinese businessmen to help raise
money along with other rantings.
real irony, unfortunately, is that Moussaoui’s trial included testimony from
actual al Qaeda operatives who were responsible for 9/11. But they won’t be
brought to trial because that would open up questions about “interrogation
procedures” that the Bush gang would rather not get into. In other words,
because we tortured those, who unlike Moussaoui were actually involved in the
attacks, they in turn will never be held responsible or brought to trial.
How’s that for justice?
is just another example that this so called war on terror is little more than
misguided farce coupled with lip service and easy fixes that do nothing. Right
now, the actual “20th
hijacker, Mohamed al-Kahtani, is being held in Guantánamo Bay yet we’re
supposed to believe that Moussaoui’s life sentence closes the book on 9/11 and
we should simply move on. I’m curious how families like Kristin
Breitweiser’s feel right now.
also wonder how they feel when anti-terror agencies like Homeland Security
(which Bush never wanted in the first place) prove to be total failures. From
politically timed color coded terror alerts to dismal performances before,
during and after national disasters like Katrina, the DHS has proven itself to
be ineffective and poorly run.
must the families who lost loved ones feel when Michael Cherthoff announces, as
he did two weeks ago, that DHS is ready to move ahead in matters of port
security (screening dockworkers and checking a greater number of containers) –
beginning “some time next year?” Or how must they feel when he states that
he trusts the nuclear and chemical plant industries to take “appropriate
security measures” themselves? How must they feel when they learn that DHS is
spending $25.2 million (double the allowed funding for the 9/11 Commission) to a
limousine and transportation service to cart employees around town?
do those families feel when they learn that after almost five years, the FBI
still hasn’t been able to upgrade its computer systems? How must they feel
when someone like Sibel Edmonds is prevented from telling them what she knows
regarding the “selective” manner in which the FBI is fighting the war on
must they feel when they hear of the bickering and power struggles between the
CIA and the National Intelligence Director? How will they feel as some of those
intelligence people are swept up in an unfolding scandal concerning bribery,
military contracts and prostitutes? How must they feel when they realize that
the main targets in the war on terror are the rights of the American people?
Exactly how secure are people supposed to feel as they take a bare footed stroll
through the airport while waiting for Grandma to be strip-searched?
war on terror is becoming a tired old mantra and the actions of this
administration are proof that 9/11 has simply been a useful prop for them –
much like the troops being used as backdrops. Little has been done to actually
strengthen security while the Bush gang goes gallivanting around the world
spending billions and invading countries. Osama is still out there and we
can’t do anything with the al Qaeda terrorists we have caught because we
tortured them. The Taliban is even stronger now than it was a few years ago
because we dropped the ball in
truth is the war on terror isn’t everything the 9/11 families or the rest of
us were told it would be. To offer up a crazy in the coconut al Qaeda wanna be
like Moussaoui as some sort of appeasement or “justice” is as much an insult
to the 9/11 families as was the final report by the 9/11 Commission.
Breitweiser has never settled for the table scraps consistently offered by this
administration regarding 9/11 and neither have many of the rest of us. But we
have a long way to go before any information starts flowing freely and that
knowledge will mean more than any “freedom tower.”
truth will be the ultimate memorial and the 9/11 families, as well as those
loved ones they lost that day, deserve nothing less.
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