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Controlled demolitions during 9-11 of World Trade Center Towers 1, 2, and 7 show that a demolition team, not located on the planes which collided with the towers, installed the demolitions and explosive squibs.

An analysis of the squibs forms a statistical pattern, consistent with an explosive signature.  It's unclear whether the NSA or FBI reviewed this signature when identifying communications or records connected with potential handlers of this class of explosives.

An FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin (LEB) shows before 9-11, twenty percent of the "known hijackers" had contacts with law enforcement in the months before 9-11.  

It stands to reason there are similar law enforcement and communication records connected with the demolition team members.  It remains unclear whether the 9-11 Commission reviewed, requested, or was denied any records related to any demolition team members, plans, or equipment.

It remains unclear which NSA selector sheets exist related to a 9-11 demolition team, and what review, if any, the FBI Directorate of Intelligence or National Security Branch made of records related to this demolition team.

Diary outlines basis for conclusions, and recommends a method to analyze traffic patterns and communications to identify the time when the demolition team placed explosives and coordinated their pre- and post-incident coordination.

Updates:

A. Basement demolitions aren't adequately addressed: Should be some law enforcement analysis of those pre-incident-related events. Where are they?

B. See (below): [ Update: Responses Inadequately Addressing Law Enforcement (Communications, Records) Evidence ] for other comments.

C. It's important to consider this view; and that DailyKos is a forum to improve oversight of government. This diary hopes to contribute to that governance goal.

D. Another view, Fireproofing sprayed.

E. Tags removed by administrator, see: this comment.  Not helpful.  Perhaps the tags could be re-posted without the prospect of re-removal.

F. Thanks to out of left field for your (helpful, constructive, thought provoking) comments: In re this comment, Article on NYC structural renovations; and views of engineers on controlled demolition.

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A memo from the Reagan Archives sheds some light on why the AG hasn't provided a response to questions about "Fast and Furious."

The US government delegates authority to provide exemptions to the law. It remains unclear whether, in absence of judicial oversight, there remain adequate provisions to ensure these exemption authorities are not abused.

Twitter: here.

Summation

We believe the statutory exemptions allowed DOJ, ATF and others at OPDAT to cooperate with NYPD, other law enforcement and covert intelligence entities re domestic surveillance.  The climate in DOJ does not appear to have changed since the 1990s, especially in the wake of then-DAG Holder's connection with the 2000-era IG audit findings and continued statutory exemptions re rendition, FISA violations, and prisoner abuses.

A White House-connection to programs linked with statutory exemptions strengthens the claim WH knew or should have known about US Government cooperation with NYPD domestic surveillance.

There is a potential conflict of interest between formerly assigned White House legal counsel working for DOJ and sitting Justices on the Supreme Court.  The issues below warrant review in re the Canons of Judicial Ethics, not limited to Chief Justice Reports and Justice Alito.

User/reader tip: Kw= "Update" to highlight new information added.

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Wired disclosed a letter from the intelligence community inspector general (IC IG, McCullough) responding to Senate Intelligence Committee questions about the intercepts of American citizens, per the FISA Amendments Act (FAA).

The IC IG response letter was not satisfactory, and claimed it would be difficult to find an answer.  This appears to be a delaying tactic, similar to then-FBI Director Hoover's delays before the Church Committee hearings revealing other intercept numbers of American citizens.

However, if true, this raises questions whether the intelligence community can adequately demonstrate they remain in compliance with the Constitution; and the basis for their information technology requests and modernization plans.

This diary raises some issues about the IC IG method of delegating this task to the NSA; and points to possible sources of other intelligence community information at FBIHQ related to Section 702 datafiles and purges which might be more responsive to the Senate Committee request.

Diary concludes with recommendations related to increased oversight, consistent with the Church Committee recommendations.  Several tables include detailed questions to assist with analysis of IC IG testimony, letter, and other disclosures.

This diary is a follow-up to an original diary, sources of information to estimate the number of intercepts. [Originally raised questions about IC IG here, September 2011.]

Update: FAA/702-related information, files, correspondence, and plans  here can be used to identify specific records, files, and summary tables where incidents are document, files retained, and identify personnel and outside agencies of origin with knowledge of 702-related intercepts .

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Recently, NSA, NSA IG, and the Intelligence Community IG refused to disclose an estimate of the total interceptions of American citizens.

This diary shows where Congress can find baseline data to make an independent estimate.  This diary uses open sources only.

Stop Reading if you Do Not Understand This:

Disclaimers:

The links provided are for information purposes only, do not necessarily reflect the position of the US government, and are not intended to provide information related to unlawful contractor, government, or individual activity outside FISA authority.  

The cited budget documents are for discussion purposes only, and not intended to make a statement about those program managers' knowledge or connection with targeting against American civilians.

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After 9-11, the President and legal counsel discussed some legal issues related to interrogation, surveillance, and prisoner treatment.  Some agency personnel had concerns with the legality of the activities, raising questions whether some legal memos were improper or retroactive in authorizing Geneva or FISA violations.

This diary reviews, in part, what's happened to the memos, and whether they are they still getting attention.

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According to Roll Call, Issa disclosed a letter detailing wiretap application information.

This diary helps you find the original letter in the Congressional Record, where details of wiretap applications are included.

Update: Here  is a link to a download of the Congressional record file: Here [Docstoc, external link, PDF]; and a copy of the document with a comments here [Breitbart, external link, comments].

We compared Issa's letters with technical interception tools available to law enforcement, including DOJ and NYPD.

We conclude this diary with an assessment of (a) the Issa-provided disclosures within the Congressional Record, and (b) technical capabilities of vendor-supplied technical interception tools, likely used by NYPD in the domestic surveillance programs, covered by the AP.

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Returning American veterans have, in some cases, been allegedly involved with or have evidence of war crimes; and some veterans are now assigned to domestic law enforcement.

Twitter: Here.

DemocracyNow reports Wikileaks disclosed pervasive abuse of civilians, likely implicating American military personnel in war crimes:

Media Report About Alleged War Crimes Evidence, via Wikileaks

DN: In July 2010, WikiLeaks released the Afghan War Logs, tens of thousands of secret U.S. military communications that laid out the official record of the violent occupation of Afghanistan, the scale of civilian deaths and likely war crimes.

Analysis

US military communications, according to wikileaks via Democracy Now, points to war crimes.

Although local, state, and federal law enforcement do benefit from having former and current military personnel assigned, there is a reasonable public concern that personnel involved with Geneva violations may similarly mistreat American civilians.

These incidents include military personnel, contractors, and agents of the United States.

We need to know what happened to those allegedly involved with these war crimes; and their connection to domestic law enforcement.  

However, if we keep our heads in the sand long enough, we might avoid asking (a) what the President knew about Geneva compliance issues re local law enforcement; (b) what connection the White House has with dissuading reviews of local law enforcement re Geneva compliance; and (c) what DOJ OLC knew about the use of local law enforcement during overseas Geneva violations.  [ WH Connection to NYPD-CIA Surveillance ].

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AG Holder announced two leak investigations. These investigations are not likely to address whether government secrecy is abused.

Prosecutors work for the government. They are not policymakers. Prosecutors collect evidence to put people in prison. They do not examine how the weaknesses in government contribute to abuse of government power.  Prosecutors do not address how secrecy hides abuse of government power from public knowledge.

The job of examining abuse of government secrecy rests with We the People. We have the power to decide how to remedy the abuse of government secrecy.  Indeed, we are not required to wait until this prosecution investigation is over. Governance reforms are needed to prevent secrecy from thwarting public oversight of Congress.  

Thankfully, the Framers left open the possibility for the public to peacefully change governance, to better derail abuse of government secrecy.

Debatable solutions include drafting a New Constitution, modernizing how We the People oversee, monitor, and detect abuse of government despite attempts to shield that information, abuse, and unlawful threat behind dubious claims of "state secrets".

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We previously published a diary about the relationship between DoD and the CIA domestic surveillance activity.

This diary shows there are specific exceptions within DoD policies which codify the relationship between DoD and law enforcement, not just NYPD, when conducting domestic surveillance with law enforcement.

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In the wake of AP reporting on NYPD-CIA domestic surveillance, Army Maj. Gen. Frederick Rudesheim has been assigned to review a DoD presentation, with a report due May 24, 2012.

Some of the public interest relates to questions, during overseas and domestic intelligence and combat operations, whether civilians are or are not protected under Geneva.

NYPD created documents and gathered intelligence useful for conducting interrogations of American civilians.

Other interest relates to whether it is appropriate for DoD personnel to be trained on "Islamic Ideology" without a logical connection to enemy warfighting doctrine.

Foreseeable War Crimes Evidence Retention Requirement

Legal counsel connected with Congress and the US government are reminded of your legal duty to exercise independent judgement, not parrot the flawed policy guidance of uninformed personnel.  You are also reminded that there can be serious consequences when legal counsel refuse to enforce the laws of war, especially with regard to Geneva protections afforded to civilians.

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Summary

These issues relate to legal analysis provided to the President's intelligence advisory board; and how that legal position squares with NYPD surveillance operations.

There are potential FISA and Geneva compliance issues connected with legal memos provided to the President's Intelligence Oversight Board. This reviews some of the public information connecting ODNI with the IOB and PIAB.

Summarizes with various questions which may be of interest to public document researchers or prosecutors conducting war crimes investigations.

Disclaimer:  No attempt is made to claim named inviduals participated, supported, or failed to properly report war crimes; nor have they failed to provide lawful memos.

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Sat Apr 07, 2012 at 06:54 PM PDT

NYPD-CIA Surveillance: Origins in OSS

by Norlynda

The US government is not a novice at placing agents to conduct domestic surveillance.  Recently, the US government released memos from the Office of Strategic Services disclosing the "Twilight Plan."   This was an operation, plan, and mission to conduct surveillance in Allied-occupied Germany after WWII.

As a precursor to the CIA, the OSS's WWII-era operations show the relationship between the federal intelligence community and local law enforcement after 9-11.

OSS Disclosure:  The Twilight Plan called for "agents to mingle with the civilian population in areas of Germany occupied by Allied troops for the purpose of setting up intelligence networks."
There's another plan associated with Twilight, Airedale Plan:
OSS Disclosure: Records relating to Nazi activities in Argentina, the relationship between the Basque Delegation and the allied information services, and biographical information about agents used in the Airedale Plan and the Twilight Mission, ca. April 1943 - June 1945, ca. 50 pp. [WN#21236]
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