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View Diary: Domestic Spying is NOT About Terrorism. It is About Dissent UPDATED (152 comments)

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  •  Why step on another agency's operation? (none)
    So, let me get this straight. Dick Cheney will gladly tap every U.S. citizen's phone but, for some unexplained reason the CIA and a half-dozen allied agencies were either unwilling or unable to place a bug inside the condo in Kuala Lumpur where they knew the Flight 77 hijackers were meeting with Mohamed Atta's roommate and a bunch of other al-Qaeda operatives in January 2000?

    That doesn't make a lot of sense, unless one realizes that several of the key al-Qaeda operatives involved in the 9/11 attacks were known to US intelligence since the mid-1990s.

    It was supposed to be illegal before the Patriot Act for the CIA and/or DIA to be conducting domestic counter-terrorism surveillance, with or without warrants. By law, that was the FBI's job. Nonetheless, the Bureau brass knew they shouldn't step on the toes of another agency's operation. So, FBI HQ agreed to look the other way as the CIA Counter-Terrorism Center watched the Flt. 77 hijackers enter the US on January 15, 2000 after they attended the Kuala Lumpur planning summit. Later, the FBI brass also blocked warrant applications submitted by unwitting Special Agents in the field, and the 9/11 attackers proceeded to complete their mission.


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