IN the days since the attempted Christmas Day airplane bombing, many officials, including the White House’s counterterrorism director, John Brennan, have insisted that the Detroit incident was “not like 9/11.” In many respects, we agree. But the government’s handling of the intelligence leading up to the attack was eerily reminiscent of one of the most shocking — and relatively underreported — revelations to come out of the 9/11 commission’s hearings.(NY Times). The Obama Administration reacted quickly to 12/25 in that the President went on national news and informed the public of errors on 12/25 after a quick review.
The commission, having been informed that before 9/11 the State Department maintained a list of known or suspected terrorists whose travel should be restricted, asked Federal Aviation Administration officials how many of that list’s 61,000 names were on the F.A.A.’s “no fly” registry. The answer supplied by senior aviation administration officials was astonishing in two respects. First, the commission was told, the no-fly list had not 61,000 names but only 12, and included none of the 9/11 hijackers, even though the F.B.I. was searching actively for two of them before the attack.
Then came the bombshell: the F.A.A. security officials were unaware — until the commission asked its question at a hearing — that the State Department maintained a terrorist watch list at all.
To the contrary the 9/11 Commission was resisted for nearly a year by the Bush II regime, because for some reason that regime did not want to do any inquiry into the events of 9/11.
The article linked to above indicates that officials who are charged with these matters still do not take them as seriously as the military media oil complex portrays them.
Is it any wonder, then, that some consider the "global war on terror" to be a ruse to scare the people into supporting imperialism, military invasions, and occupations of foreign nations?