CIA Chiefs Quash Revealing Report Pointing
Fingers For September 11
Detailed CIA report is ordered to be kept secret for fear that ‘prying eyes’
may uncover truth
An internal CIA report, naming individuals who may
have been responsible for intelligence failures leading up to the Sept. 11
attacks, has been kept secret despite public outcries and congressional demands
to release the incriminating evidence. The delays began last July on orders
from CIA’s acting director, John McLaughlin, and have continued since Porter
Goss took charge last September. Critics claim President George W. Bush has
personally directed Goss, a Republican partisan, to keep the names from “prying
eyes” in order to hide the truth exposing either government incompetence or
Ever since 9-11, the public has called for
government accountability, but the Bush administration has been trying to block
truth-seeking efforts at every corner. The lack of government cooperation began
with obstructing justice at ground zero by FEMA’s quick removal of hard
evidence and continues now by keeping the CIA report secret.
In between, critics have compiled a laundry list
of government cover-ups concerning 9-11, but answers have been slow in coming
due to a complacent media and lack of government cooperation. The public clamor
still remains hidden on cyberspace conspiracy web sites and in alternative
publications, but recently two federal lawsuits surfaced, one concerning FBI
whistleblower, Sybil Edmonds, and the other a RICO conspiracy action filed
against Bush and 56 other defendants.
The Edmonds lawsuit has been dismissed by a
partisan federal judge appointed by Bush, and the RICO action is still in the
pretrial discovery stage.
“We are in the process of serving all the
defendants, including President Bush, his father and many others. It’s not
going to be easy; expect a long hard fight,” said Phillip Berg, the attorney
who filed the federal action on behalf of William Rodriguez, a World Trade
Center maintenance worker who claims to have evidence showing government
Besides the two lawsuits, a citizens petition has
also been handed over to New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer last November,
demanding criminal action be taken against Bush and his cronies for complicity
An official spokesman for the attorney general’s
office said no action on the petition has been taken.
And regarding the recent CIA internal report kept
secret from congressional leaders and the public, this week a CIA spokesman
would not comment about the status of the report or when it would be released.
To date the names in the report remain unknown.
They were compiled by the CIA’s inspector general, who began an independent
investigation in December 2002 after a joint 9-11 congressional task force
sought answers for obvious intelligence irregularities surrounding the attacks.
The purpose of the report was to get the bottom of
the intelligence breakdowns and to determine who should be held accountable for
mistakes made. To date no one has been publicly held accountable or even
reprimanded openly for obvious intelligence breakdowns.
Further, the CIA has not provided a reason for its
reluctance to turn over the report, even after a letter was directly sent by
top House leaders on the Intelligence Committee to former director McLaughlin,
The letter, sent last September, has not been made
public and has essentially been ignored by CIA officials.
Last October, the top Democrat on the Senate
Intelligence Committee, John D. Rockefeller IV (W.Va), personally asked Goss to
turn over names in the report, but his demand has also been ignored by the CIA.
Members of Congress expressed concern over the CIA’s
failure to cooperate, saying it was a “definite departure from normal
procedure.” House and Senate members are expected to further prod the CIA in
turning over the sensitive report when the 109th Congress convenes.
This time help is expected to come from an
outspoken critic, Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.), who returns to the House after
being ousted two years ago.
McKinney is one of the few elected officials who
publicly claimed the Bush administration had prior knowledge of the events
leading up to 9-11, saying the administration allowed the events to occur in
order to reap huge profits from the invasions in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Political insiders claim McKinney, who was the
first black woman ever elected to Congress from Georgia in 1992, was then
targeted by the GOP for defeat in 2002 due to her anti-administration public
McKinney recently won re-election and is expected
to fight hard for those involved in the 9-11 truth movement despite its
unpopularity on Capitol Hill.