New York Times: White House Didn’t Stop 9/11 Because It Thought “Bin Laden Was Merely PRETENDING To Be Planning An Attack ...

George Washington's picture

It has been thoroughly documented that 9/11 was entirely foreseeable … including Al Qaeda’s plans to fly planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

It has been extensively documented that the White House decided to invade Iraq before 9/11:

(Indeed, neoconservatives planned regime change ; and the neoliberals are no different)

Right after 9/11, Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld accused Iraq of having a hand in the attacks. People may not remember now, but – at the time – the supposed Saddam-9/11 link was at least as important a justification for the Iraq war as the alleged weapons of mass destruction.

Bush and Cheney then launched a systematic program of torture in an attempt to create false evidence – through false confessions – of a link between Iraq and 9/11.  The torture techniques used were Communist techniques specifically designed to produce false confessions.

This claim that Iraq is linked to 9/11 has since been debunked by the 9/11 Commission, top government officials, and even – long after they alleged such a link – Bush and Cheney themselves.

The 9/11 Commission found that the White House and its Defense Department obstructed justice in numerous ways to deflect blame for 9/11.

Today, the New York Times adds a bizarre new wrinkle to this story:

I have read excerpts from many of [the still-classified Presidential Daily Briefs] … and come to an inescapable conclusion: the administration’s reaction to what Mr. Bush was told in the weeks before that infamous briefing reflected significantly more negligence than has been disclosed. In other words, the Aug. 6 document, for all of the controversy it provoked, is not nearly as shocking as the briefs that came before it. The direct warnings to Mr. Bush about the possibility of a Qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001. By May 1, the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that “a group presently in the United States” was planning a terrorist operation. Weeks later, on June 22, the daily brief reported that Qaeda strikes could be “imminent,” although intelligence suggested the time frame was flexible.


But some in the administration considered the warning to be just bluster. An intelligence official and a member of the Bush administration both told me in interviews that the neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon were warning the White House that the C.I.A. had been fooled; according to this theory, Bin Laden was merely pretending to be planning an attack to distract the administration from Saddam Hussein, whom the neoconservatives saw as a greater threat. Intelligence officials, these sources said, protested that the idea of Bin Laden, an Islamic fundamentalist, conspiring with Mr. Hussein, an Iraqi secularist, was ridiculous, but the neoconservatives’ suspicions were nevertheless carrying the day.


In response, the C.I.A. prepared an analysis that all but pleaded with the White House to accept that the danger from Bin Laden was real.

“The U.S. is not the target of a disinformation campaign by Usama Bin Laden,” the daily brief of June 29 read, using the government’s transliteration of Bin Laden’s first name. Going on for more than a page, the document recited much of the evidence ….

And the C.I.A. repeated the warnings in the briefs that followed.




Yet, the White House failed to take significant action. Officials at the Counterterrorism Center of the C.I.A. grew apoplectic. On July 9, at a meeting of the counterterrorism group, one official suggested that the staff put in for a transfer so that somebody else would be responsible when the attack took place, two people who were there told me in interviews. The suggestion was batted down, they said, because there would be no time to train anyone else.

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Obaminator's picture

IF Bush's admin was incompentent or Complicit...then Clinton's was far more so! Who was it...oh thats right Oliver North...late 90's (YEARS Before 9/11) - "Osama Bin Laden scares me!"

Any action by Clinton? Nooooooooo.

9/11 is Government in general failing the people, regardless if it was "allowed", "Neglected", or "planned".

Blaming Bush for 9/11 is completely pointless and would mean Bush would necessarily have to be a Genius and already have become a supreme leader by being able to "plan" it out from January to Sept...HAHA

The government cant do anythjing in that kind of timeframe, let along a newbie to the WH..UNLESS it was planned....DURING CLINTON! Oooooooohhhhhhh....freaky.

If anything Bush BECAME the thing liberals hate BECAUSE he was caught up in the 9/11 scandal by surprise.

Bartanist's picture

OBL denied committing the attack. There is no creible evidemce that Islamic terrorists with box cutters committed the 9/11 acts or that jets brought down the towers.

Considering that OBL was a CIA asset, a friend of the Bush family and dying quickly from kidney disease; it seems unlikely that he would organize an attack on the US.

P.T.Bull's picture

Looks like zerohedge is playing me too with the new york times. Sure, lots of regrettable things about 911--incompetent neo-cons, the constitutional haircut and permawars after 911, but this strikes me as something that has been hashed out for the past 11 years, and a re-gurgitation of the same on the anniversary is scoring political points rather than honoring the dead.

Bartanist's picture

I hope it is never forgotten and history is corrected to place the blame with the REAL terrorists (and teach future generations the nature of evil and tyrrany): Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and their ilk. You may decide to follow as a slave of evil if you want or just bury your head in ignorance. You have free will. It is not my choice.

George Washington's picture

Nice Number 15!

Not a partisan issue - Obummer is at least as bad as Bush on civil liberties, endless war in more and more countries, backing Al Qaeda, etc.  The mainstream GOP and Dem parties are two masks sitting on the same face ... the rulers behind the throne are the same no matter who the figure-head is...

Oh and btw ... the families of those murdered on 9/11 want answers and justice... You dishnor those murdered on 9/11 if you try to "look forward, not backward" and "move on"

Money 4 Nothing's picture

And they were all told to shut the fuck up or be gaged by Presidential order 1991 WF. So they did.

inca's picture

[emphasis mine]

"No one was held accountable for the greatest failure of national security in world history."

by Paul Craig Roberts

The article below was written for the Journal of 9/11 Studies for the eleventh anniversary of September 11, 2001, the day that terminated accountable government and American liberty. It is posted here with the agreement of the editors.

In order to understand the improbability of the government’s explanation of 9/11, it is not necessary to know anything about what force or forces brought down the three World Trade Center buildings, what hit the Pentagon or caused the explosion, the flying skills or lack thereof of the alleged hijackers, whether the airliner crashed in Pennsylvania or was shot down, whether cell phone calls made at the altitudes could be received, or any other debated aspect of the controversy.

You only have to know two things.

One is that according to the official story, a handful of Arabs, mainly Saudi Arabians, operating independently of any government and competent intelligence service, men without James Bond and V for Vendetta capabilities, outwitted not only the CIA, FBI, and National Security Agency, but all 16 US intelligence agencies, along with all security agencies of America’s NATO allies and Israel’s Mossad. Not only did the entire intelligence forces of the Western world fail, but on the morning of the attack the entire apparatus of the National Security State simultaneously failed. Airport security failed four times in one hour. NORAD failed. Air Traffic Control failed. The US Air Force failed. The National Security Council failed. Dick Cheney failed. Absolutely nothing worked. The world’s only superpower was helpless at the humiliating mercy of a few undistinguished Arabs.

It is hard to image a more far-fetched story–except for the second thing you need to know: The humiliating failure of US National Security did not result in immediate demands from the President of the United States, from Congress, from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and from the media for an investigation of how such improbable total failure could have occurred. No one was held accountable for the greatest failure of national security in world history.

more here

Darth Mul's picture

Apart from the well known neocon policy papers which laid the pseudo-philosophical groundwork for using American military might to vanquish Israel's enemies and guard all the oil and create lots and lots of debt [bear in mind, these wars were always to be put on the credit card], most of the evidence fabricating came out of the office of special plans.


Just about all these guys were right wing Likudnik, Israel First Jews.   They had no particular knowledge or understanding of military strategy or tactics, yet dominated policy making positions.


We either can talk about that and it's implications, or we can keep sending kids overseas to die and be maimed to make banks and oil companies richer and to help Israel create a 'Greater Israel' by, as per the book of Joshua and Deuteronomy, killing the natives.




tip e. canoe's picture

that article reminds me of something:   Hurricane Erin was headed straight for the Eastern Seaboard the weekend before until a textbook front bitchslapped it offshore on 9/10.

just another coinkidink to throw on the smoldering pile

George Washington's picture

Just like the bank CEOs who are rewarded for causing the financial
crisis by being given bailouts and subsidies and breaks, the military
and intelligence officials who dropped the ball that day have been promoted. As Time reported:

They have basically promoted the exact same people who
have presided over the … failure,” says a former Justice Department
official, “and those individuals took the same thinking with them.

As the Washington Post reported, no one from the  CIA, FBI or NSA has been reprimanded, punished, or fired for the events of 9/11.

The same is true for the military personnel on watch that day. For
example, General Myers, who was Acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff on September 11th, was quickly confirmed as Chairman two weeks later. General Ralph Eberhart, Commander in Chief of NORAD at the time of the attack, was promoted to head the new “Northern Command” a year after the attack.

Just as with the financial crisis, no one has been punished, and the people who screwed up have been allowed to fail upwards.

Radical Marijuana's picture


As usual, the number of intelligent and informed ones is way higher on Zero Hedge than a lot of other Web sites! Many of those comments have already made the points and provided links that I also would ...

I get the impression that Washingtonsblog is deliberately being careful, like poking at a wasps' nest with a long stick, just touching it from the outside, rather than ramming it in.

I too have been looking at this issue for several years:

I emphasize couple of the more unusual of links that can be found in the long, long, list above:

9/11 OMEN Foretells the Global Economic and Financial Future

By cosmicconvergence2012, July 8, 2012.

A Jaw-Dropping Explanation of How Governments Are Complicit in the Illegal Drug Trade

Lars Schall interviewing Oliver Villar.

September 10, 2012.

An EXCELLENT ANALYSIS of deeper truths about the so-called "war on drugs" and "war on terror." Of course, the banksters were behind both, and arrange to extract the primary profit. The war on drugs and the war on terror were kinds of false flag attacks, that created  boogie men, that then the authorities have to fight.  The real purpose behind both was to have those excuses to build a fascist police state and war machine, that would serve the interests of the established fascist plutocracy. The war on terror and war on drugs overlap because, at the top of the social pyramid, it is the same people who benefit from advancing their overall agenda.

tip e. canoe's picture

nice links dr. ganja.   out of all the gems there, this one sticks out for me:

I think the bottom line is that human beings can not have it both ways.

Human beings can not learn about the laws of nature, and they refuse to face the facts about human nature, and the place of human beings in the natural world.

Right now, we have a huge and growing contradiction between physical and biological sciences that work, while our social sciences are controlled by dishonesty backed up with violence.

One thing or the other has to go or give.

Either we go through the kinds of paradigm shifts to face the facts and think logically about human society, or else we use the powers in physics and biology to destroy ourselves instead.

Audacity17's picture

I highly encourage anyone that thinks the Bush administration purposely allowed attacks for warmongering to read the following article, and then apply the same sort of reasoning to this drivel above.

And please understand that ANYTHING Bush would have done to prevent this would have been called dictatorial by the likes of this puke claiming to be George Washington.

Tearing down the wall between FBI and CIA...dictatorial.

Roving wiretaps...intercepting foreign calls routed through New York....dictatorial.

Pat downs at airports.....dictatorial.


Phony Washington is full of shit.

Colonial Intent's picture

The Bush administration were either incompetent or complicit in 911.



earnyermoney's picture

So was Clinton's administration as the logistics and planning of the attack took place on his watch. If only that fat bastard had taken OBL into custody when offered by the Yemi government.

Obaminator's picture


IF Bush's admin was incompentent or Complicit...then Clintons was far more so! Who was it...oh thats right Oliver North...late 90's (YEARS Before9/11) - "Osama Bin Laden scares me!"

Any action by Clinton? Nooooooooo.

9/11 is Government in general failing the people, regardless if it was "allowed", "Neglected", or "planned".

Blaming Bush for 9/11 is completely pointless and would mean Bush would necessarily have to be a Genius and already have become a supreme leader by being able to "plan" it out from January to Sept...HAHA

The government cant do anythjing in that kind of timeframe, let along a newbie to the WH..UNLESS it was planned....DURING CLINTON! Oooooooohhhhhhh....freaky.

Clashfan's picture

Someone else is full of shit, too.

“Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God.”-ThomasJefferson's picture

There once was a time in my life I actually subscribed to and sometimes read the NYT, namely its op/ed page.  The past 15 years or so, this rag publication isn't even worthy of being a tool to wipe my ass! I use the Washington Post.

monad's picture

What part of "false flag" are the CIA's pets at the NY division of Pravda having difficulty with? Its all about the money, stupid. The time to blame the other posers is over.

Everybodys All American's picture


Did you know that 79% of eighth graders in Chicago's school systems cant read?




earnyermoney's picture

Why do all of Chicago's teachers look like corn fed hogs?

All Risk No Reward's picture

All by design...

The Underground History of American Education

The Ultimate History Lesson

For those that do escape the miseducation system without too many scars...

Disciplined Minds

monad's picture

Rahm Emmanuel Goldstien explains.

Clashfan's picture

Good call on that one GW. Calling out disinfo agents is fun and helpful.


Everybodys All American's picture

I didn't want to offend anyone specifically and your point is well taken btw.

koncaswatch's picture

Now that we "know' what we think we know about 9/11; question: Was that look on W's face at the kindergarten recognition or consternation? Wadya think?

RiverRoad's picture


Ol' Bush didn't look all that surprised to me....and how convenient that he was out and about in AF1 and could immediately spend all that time flying around safely in the air with the country under "attack".

Clashfan's picture

First off, the Bush and Bin Laden families have been friends and business partners for generations.

Second off, you people who deny 911 truth should take a look at this list of questions:

Third, how did OBL orchestrate the coverup? Orchestrate "drills" in our military--several--to occur on the same day and time? How did he penetrate Securacom? How does he make videos of the Pentagon attack disappear? How does he make black boxes disappear? How does he get access to military grade nanothermite and get it into the rubble, then get officials to destroy evidence at the crime scene? and on and on and on....

How does he get NORAD, USAF, and the FAA to tell radically different stories?

Wow, what a clever cave-dweller.

Westcoastliberal's picture

You left out the thing about the anthrax. I guess Osama had a stash.  By the way, I've heard nothing about his dialysis machine. Or did he grow new kidneys before they killed him?

nmewn's picture

lol...Osama's stash, sorry, I couldn't resist.

He was found right down the road from a hospital in Abbottabad. Within a few short (miles?, I'd have to look it up) was a military installation for officers. Security and health care...right where everyone said he would be.

The only problem I can see is he didn't suffer...much ;-)

earnyermoney's picture

Anyone see the 60 Minutes interview with Seal Team 6 member? One comment by Scott P. stuck out, "... the intel was 100 correct ...?"

How do you get 100 percent accurate intel on the inside of an inpenetrable compound? CIA cut a deal with Zawahiri? What were the terms?

rustymason's picture

Was our Air Force practicing for the same mission as the real event at the same time, which is why they didn't scramble in time?

George Washington's picture

Dick Cheney was in charge of all counter-terrorism exercises, activities and responses on 9/11. See this Department of State announcement; this CNN article; and this essay.

The genius Mr. Cheney apparently scheduled 5 war games for the morning of 9/11. Specifically, on the very morning of September 11th, five war games and terror drills were being conducted by several U.S. defense agencies, purportedly including one “live fly” exercise using real planes. Then-Acting Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force General Richard B. Myers, admitted to 4 of the war games in congressional testimony — see transcript here or video here (6 minutes and 12 seconds into the video.

False radar blips were inserted onto air traffic control screens as part of the war game exercises, which may have confused the heck out of the people participating in those exercises (see this December 9, 2001 Toronto Star article; pay-per-view; reprinted here).  Way to let that one slip through, Mr. in-charge-of-all-war-games.

The military – under the Vice President’s command that day – didn’t scramble enough fighter jets, and then scrambled jets far over the Atlantic Ocean, in what Senator Mark Dayton called:

The most gross incompetence and dereliction of responsibility and negligence that I’ve ever, under those extreme circumstances, witnessed in the public sector.

And the knucklehead personally watched flight 77 for many miles, but – according to Secretary of Transportation Norm Minetta – stopped it from being shot down before it hit the Pentagon (and see this).

Darth Mul's picture

Yeah, just a coincidence.

Just a unlucky coincidence.


Go back to sleep.


Clashfan's picture

GW, one of the links is a bit cumbersome. Why not link to this:

at 23 min, you will see what you want, I think.

A lot of folks on here know about AE 911 Truth, but I've yet to see folks post the very credible, tedious, and technical work done by Pilots for 911 Truth (link I offer). Their website also has very technical forum in which many debates are ongoing. For a researcher with your appetite for thoroughness and certainty, it seems to me to be a good fit.

Hannibal's picture

What plane hit the pentagon? No fuselage, seats, bodyparts, landing gear nor the two 5 ton each jet engines at the crash site, nada zilch, not one speck. Oh yeah, it all just vaporised.

a growing concern's picture

Maybe the plane was owned by MF Global?  Ba-zing!

Hannibal's picture

PS; Reply button not working. reply intended to G Washington's comment.

George Washington's picture

The above nsfw link is arguably relevant in terms of Bin Laden somehow causing the U.S. to abandon the principals of constitutional liberty on which our country was founded...

NuYawkFrankie's picture

Re New York Times: White House Didn’t Stop 9/11 Because.... blah, blah, blah.....


You'd be well advised to take anything (apart from maybe the previous nights baseball scores) you read   in the New York Times - aka The Jerusalem Post - with handful or two of kosher salt.

Been there, done that, cancelled the subscription.

blindman's picture

Monday, June 25, 2012
The "official account" of the Pentagon attack is a fantasy
Dennis Cimino (with Jim Fetzer

Translator's picture

NYT= Known Democrat Liars




I guess there's no real news today.......