-FBI Prevents Agents from Telling ‘Truth’ About 9/11 on PBS.

Posted: October 5, 2008 in 2008, Articles
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The FBI has blocked two of its veteran counterterrorism agents from going public with accusations that the CIA deliberately withheld crucial intelligence before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

FBI Special Agents Mark Rossini and Douglas Miller have asked for permission to appear in an upcoming public television documentary, scheduled to air in January, on pre-9/11 rivalries between the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency.

The program is a spin-off from The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, by acclaimed investigative reporter James Bamford, due out in a matter of days.

The FBI denied Rossini and Miller permission to participate in the book or the PBS “NOVA” documentary, which is also being written and produced by Bamford, on grounds that the FBI “doesn’t want to stir up old conflicts with the CIA,” according to multiple reliable sources.

Bamford, contacted by phone, said he could not comment because his publisher has embargoed his new book for release around Oct. 10.

The author of two other ground-breaking books on the NSA, Bamford also said his general policy is not to discuss his negotiations for interviews with intelligence agencies.

Pre-9/11 intelligence mishaps have been generally attributed to bureaucratic screw-ups — a “failure to connect the dots,” exacerbated by spy agency rivalries.

But Rossini and Miller, who were assigned to the CIA-run Counterterrorist Center during the run-up to the 9/11 attacks, are prepared to describe on camera how the CIA blocked them from sharing crucial intelligence with FBI headquarters – and then later pressured them not to tell the truth to investigators.

The first allegation is not entirely new, having been reported by author Lawrence Wright in his 2006 book, The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, among other places.

But what is new is that Rossini and Miller — who still hold sensitive jobs in the FBI, and are identified here for the first time — are prepared to say publicly that, under pressure from the CIA, they kept the full the truth from the Justice Department’s Inspector General, which looked into the FBI’s handling of pre-9/11 intelligence in 2004.

“There was pressure on people not to disclose what really happened,” said sources close to the IG investigation.

Rossini, in particular, is said to have felt threatened that the CIA would have him prosecuted for violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act if he told the IG investigators what really happened inside the CTC.

CIA officials were in the room when he and Miller, as well as a sympathetic CIA officer, were questioned.

The IG investigators showed them copies of CTC intelligence reports and e-mails.

But the FBI agents suddenly couldn’t remember details about who said what, or who reported what, to whom, about the presence of two al Qaeda agents in the U.S. prior to the 9/11 attacks,

The IG investigators were suspicious.

Indeed, their report, which used pseudonyms for the CIA and FBI agents its interviewed — Rossini and Miller were called  “Malcolm” and “Dwight,” a CIA analyst was dubbed “Eric” — hinted at a cover-up.

“When we interviewed all of the individuals involved about the CIR [Current Intelligence Report] they asserted that they recalled nothing about it,” it said

The focus of the IG was what the CIA had witheld about the movement of two al Qaeda operatives, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, from Malaysia to the U.S. in early 2000.

Dwight told the OIG that he did not recall being aware of the information about Mihdhar, did not recall drafting the CIR, did not recall whether he drafted the CIR on his own initiative or at the direction of his supervisor, and did not recall any discussions about the reasons for delaying completion and dissemination of the CIR. Malcolm said he did not recall reviewing any of the cable traffic or any information regarding Hazmi and Mihdhar. Eric told the OIG that he did not recall the CIR.

Subsequently, Rossini and Miller were not subpoenaed by the 9/11 Commission to tell what they knew, even though sources say they were eager to do so.

But he and Miller did come clean during an internal FBI investigation, which remains under wraps.

Sources with direct knowledge of the FBI’s internal probe say that the agents provided the bureau with unadulterated versions of their CTC experiences, including orders they were given by the center’s then-Deputy Director, Tom Wilshire, to withhold intelligence about the movement of al Qaeda operatives into the country from the FBI.

When the agents asked permission to tell that same story on television, the FBI initially agreed, but then cancelled at the last moment, two sources involved in the deliberations said, with the explanation that it didn’t want to risk inflaming the CIA.

The FBI’s top spokesman, Assistant Director John Miller, did not address that issue directly.

But he said that the FBI had withheld permission for the agents to be named in various reports on 9/11 intelligence out of security and privacy concerns.

“These questions were examined extensively by several independent agencies and commissions,” he said via e-mail Wednesday.

“It was determined that the two FBI employees would not be named in those reports because they continue to hold sensitive positions in the FBI as well as Privacy Act issues regarding current and former personnel.”

Agent Douglas Miller has said that he doesn’t have “a rational answer” to explain why the CIA blocked him from sharing information with the bureau, particularly a report of such obvious magnitude about al Qaeda operatives in the U.S.  He speculated that CIA officials at the CTC were annoyed that he had encroached on their territory.

A CIA spokesman, Paul Gimigliano, ridiculed the allegations.

“I have every reason–every reason–to believe that’s complete garbage,” he said in a brief telephone interview. “Not only did the 9/11 Commission look at the matter in detail, but former Director George Tenet wrote about it at some length in his book.”

But the Justice Department Inspector general contradicted Tenet’s assertion that the CIA shared its intelligence on al Qaeda operatives in a timely fashion with the FBI.

“We reviewed whether this information was in fact passed to the FBI by the CIA, and based on the evidence, concluded that while the CIA passed some of the information about Mihdhar to the FBI, it did not contemporaneously pass the information about Mihdhar’s U.S. visa to the FBI,” the IG report said.

“We concluded it was not disclosed by the CIA until late August 2001, shortly before the September 11 terrorist attacks.”

Another intelligence source said the CIA feared that if FBI headquarters learned of the suspects’ arrival in the U.S., it would try to arrest them — and bust up a sensitive CIA operation to penetrate al Qaeda.

Mihdhar and Hazmi were plotting an attack outside of the United States, the CIA believed, and wanted the FBI to stay clear of them.

“They said it has nothing to do with the FBI, the next attack will be in Southeast Asia,” said a source familiar with the details. “They said, ‘It’s none of your business.'”

Rossini and other FBI counterterrorism agents were furious, according to a knowledgeable source. The FBI is responsible for investigating domestic-based plots.

“They’re here!” Rossini protested to his CTC bosses. “It is FBI business.”

The IG report criticized Douglas Miller (“Dwight”) for not ignoring CIA objections and sending his crucially important report on Mihdhar to FBI headquarters.

But Miller, who held the relatively low rank of GS-12 at the time, told investigators that it was unthinkable for him to violate the orders of his CTC superiors. He would have been fired, “sent home,” he told them.

Miller would be happy to give CIA officials the benefit of the doubt in a television interview, he has told friends, conceding that there may have been good reasons for their decisions that he was not aware of.

He has described the CTC as place filled with dedicated professionals who were “America’s lowest paid professional workers on an hourly basis,” for all the pressure-packed time they spent trying to detect terrorist plots.

But unless the FBI changes its mind, he’ll have to keep that story to himself.

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  1. Skip Baker says:

    It’s NOT that the FBI “prevented” its Agents from “telling the truth,” it is that the FBI was INVOLVED in 911. Haven’t you guys been keeping up? The FBI ran around collecting all the video cameras that photographed the three Cruse Missiles that hit the Pentagon that day.

    There WAS no airplane.

    Didn’t you remember CNN reporting that an “explosion” went off, but that there was no plane at the scene? You can SEE the “three punch out holes” INSIDE the Pentagon where the three missiles came out, all with GPS guidence. Flight 77 wasn’t scheduled to fly that day, and didn’t. Ted Olsen’s LIE that his wife called him from flight 77 was just that, A BIG LIE, IT NEVER HAPPENED. Ted Olsen was the lawyer that helped Bush steal the White House. You expect him to tell you the truth?

    They didn’t even NEED “Global Hawk” in the planes to fly them, because all Boeing 757s and 767s CAME equiped with that technology already INSIDE the plane’s controls! That’s why the German airline took OUT the software from Boeing, and put in their own, so nobody else could take them over remotely. It was sold as “a feature” so the airlines for years could take over any plane that had been “hijacked,” and fly it safely to the nearest airport. Pilots stood by secretly ready to take over any planes that might be hijacked, for many years before 911 happened. That’s what was used to fly the two planes into the WTC that we DID SEE.

    There were only two planes. 77 and 93 didn’t exist.

    Remember when Air Egypt flt 990 went down? It was the Israeli Mossad taking over the plane with this equipment from afar. That flight had a bunch of Egyptian generals on it that Israel wanted dumped into the Atlantic. So down went all those innocent children who were on the flight because Israel wanted the generals killed. And you thought that Israel believes in the Old Testament? Their only “religion” is money, and they only serve evil. Why do you think they’ve been killing all those Arab Christians all this time?

    Only two flights flew on 911. The two that hit the WTC, and they were most likely military. Flight 77 was NOT schedlued to fly that day according to the Transportation Department’s web site. United 93 was also a fraud because there is NO airplane crash in the empty field in Pa and the Medical Examiner could not find a single body.

    No Arab names were on any of the four passenger lists.

    The real Arabs were found in their home countries and threatened to sue the FBI for splashing their names and faces all over the world. But alas, Fox News didn’t tell you about that. They also didn’t tell you that Osama bin Laden said he had nothing to do with it.

    Don’t you people read?

    No Arab had anything to do with 911 and when “Christian Talking Heads” tell you that Osama bin Laden did 911 they are breaking the 9th Commandment, against lying, for that big fat paycheck from their masters like Rupert Murdoch. Guys like Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly are in big trouble with God for lying about Arabs. But here’s what a Rightous Jew told the FBI about:

    “In October 2000, approximately 11 months prior to September 11, 2001, Andras Szekely was collecting English Ivy cuttings at the Gomel Chesed Cemetery located at Mccellan and 245 Mount Olive Avenue, which is near the city lines of Elizabeth and Newark, New Jersey. While in the cemetery, Szekely overheard three men, speaking in Hebrew, say”:

    “The Americans will learn what it is to live with terrorists after the planes hit the twins in September.”

    “Szekely, well in advance of 9/11, contacted the FBI asking for protection in exchange for his information.”

    See my web page for George W. Bush’s admission that he saw “the first plane hit the first building” BEFORE going into the school house that day. That means he had a camera aimed at the WTC IN ADVANCE WAITING FOR IT TO HAPPEN! And that means he was one of the plotters.

    Wake up people, this was done by Ariel Sharon and George W. Bush and he will most likely pull off another one before the election. It goes all the way to the top, and that’s why my wife and I just heard a phone ring under the overstuffed chair in our bedroom, and we don’t even HAVE any phones IN our bedroom! It’s why a Mossad Agent picked my pocket last year. We also heard a cell phone ring under our dashboard in the car the other day. I know too much for my own good because of my research into 911. But Jesus Christ is my shield and protector.

    When Ariel Sharon ordered his Mossad to do “Targetted Killings” in America, he knew there were NO “Arab Terrorists” anywhere in America to kill, only American Christians who caught onto what they did to us on 911 to BLAME it on Arabs! They had been doing these “False Flag” operations against America to blame Arabs, since 1954.

    Almost yearly since then.

    When you look at the WTC blowing up in the still photos, you can SEE the Mushroom Cloud from the “4th Generation Low Radiation Atomic Bombs” going off, and I ask you, where did those clever “Arabs” get hold of Atomic Bombs?

    How did Osama bin Laden get the Launch Codes to launch the 3 missiles that hit the Pentagon that day?

    Only neocon Zionists had access to those Launch Codes.

    This is a “religios matter” and it is the great battle between God and Satan, and it’s nearly over. All my fellow “Christians” now believe in the False Rapture Doctrine that has no support in the bible, but it does teach that a Third Temple must be rebuilt in Israel BEFORE Jesus Christ can return. For a “Christian” to support such madness, would be the total REJECTION OF THE BLOOD OF CHRIST, and that’s what they’re after! It doesn’t matter if Arabs get blamed or not, they just want to get at Christians.

    That’s why Rabbi David Feldman wanted Mel Gibson “arrested as a terrorist” for making the film “The Pasion of The Christ.” The same Pharisees who murdered Christ are still in power today, 2000 years later. Tens of millions of Christians are being taught that the wicked will be “Left Behind” when in fact those Apostate Christians & Apostate Jews will all be right here in the middle of the trouble that they caused, just like everybody else. They are all going to hell together.

    Nobody will be “Left Behind.”

    That’s based on a novel, just like the “Oficial Conspiracy Theory” is about 911.

    The reason they are taking over the government is to install what’s called “The Mark of The Beast” and it will be Apostate Chrisitans and Apostate Jews who do it. Real Christians and Real Jews who do keep the Ten Commandments, won’t have a chance. Their debit cards will be taken off line and they won’t be able to “buy or sell.”

    That’s what failing banks are all about. They will take over the money system that will all be based on “numbers on a screen,” and you won’t carry around cumbersom paper money anymore, it will be worthless soon anyway. A computer will read the chip in your right hand or forehead, to pay for your food. The number of the man in charge of all this is 666, just like the 6 pointed Star of David. It won’t matter if Obama or McCain gets in, they are both from the same evil party: The Satanic Party. Didn’t you know that’s what two triangles locked togethre means?

    Saint Paul said that in the end, they’d all want to “believe all these lies” and they sure have now. They believed the lie that Saddam ordered Yellow Cake from Niger, and that he had WMD, but everybody knew he didn’t. They let a dictaror bomb an innocent country, torture innocent people, and kill hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children because Americans have lost their religion. They just don’t care what happens to other people, so what Revelation 18 predicted for America is about to happen. It’s going to be blown off the map in “one hour” by Russian ICBM. Read it in a modern language for your self and be totally shocked!

    For those of you who have no faith in God:

    Be afraid, be very afraid.

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