Sunday, September 28, 2008

Fabled Enemies Part II

In Part II, we get discussion of John O'Neill. Then we get Robert Wright, another FBI agent talking about "...the very real Middle Eastern terrorist threats to American citizens both at home and abroad." But doesn't Jason believe there are no Middle Eastern terrorist threats? Again, all this harping on the warnings and failures to act do not indicate MIHOP, but LIHOP at the very most, and arguably simply make the case for incompetence.

We hear that George Bush, Sr., was in the White House on the morning of 9-11, though what that is supposed to indicate to us is unclear. We learn for the umpteenth time that the Bin Ladens and the Bushes are friendly. But if Osama is an outcast from his family, why does that matter?

The Bin Laden family flight out of the US is rehashed. Again, it doesn't mean anything, and no, the Bin Ladens did not leave when all flights in the US were grounded:

The ad is as false as it can be when it claims the bin Laden family members flew home "when most other air traffic was grounded" following the attacks of September 11, 2001. In fact, according to the final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission), the bin Laden flight was on Sept. 20. (See footnote 28 in the 9/11 Commission's report in "supporting documents" at right). That was one week after the FAA allowed commercial air traffic to resume at 11am on Sept. 13.

And in fact, Bermas goes on to show a Bin Laden family member on the tarmac "eight days after 9-11". Well, I hate to be the one to point this out, but eight days after 9-11 was six days after air traffic resumed.

Bermas goes on to claim that there were agents in the FBI who actively protected and aided the "alleged" terrorists. Because an informant for the FBI rented two of them a room?

Then we get the Able Danger stuff. I don't want to spend a lot of time on Able Danger; the Senate Intelligence Committee (PDF file) concluded that there was no evidence that it really identified Mohamed Atta as a member of the "Brooklyn cell".

Coming up next: The band must be playing Hava Nagila, because Jason's going to give us the Dancing Jews.