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  •  mcjoan ... (2+ / 0-)
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    Just wondering if you'd seen this ...

    That, I’d like—I’d like to, for a moment, because it’s the same kind of accusation that former Secretary of State James Baker made on the night of 9/11 on ABC-TV, and where he said, in sort of a hush-hush way, to Jennings, Peter Jennings, he said, "Well, the Church Committee caused 9/11." Now, first place, he had his facts utterly wrong. And second place, it was completely illogical.

    On the facts side, no information that we brought out was information that the American public didn’t deserve to know and need to know. Secondly, he left out that the Church Committee in 1976, way ahead of the rest of the country, said the intelligence agencies should start paying more attention to terrorism. We said that in two different reports. And then, Senator Church, himself, in a speech, called for the intelligence community, particularly those working overseas, to have more and better use of human intelligence and not rely overly on the wonderful machines that go in the sky and can see things the size of a tennis ball down on the ground from hundreds of miles up in the sky. And Senator Church made a great speech, in which he said, "Pay attention, use human intelligence, because if we don’t do that, you don’t understand the motives of whoever may be your adversaries."

    Frederick Schwarz, chief counsel, Church Committee.

    Slap it. Shoot it. Kaboot it.

    by adios on Fri May 01, 2009 at 11:42:03 AM PDT

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