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April 8th, 2004

IF we could get through these questions reasonably quickly ... @ 09:41 am

 
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From:lucid42day
Date:April 8th, 2004 08:25 pm (UTC)

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You're right, nobody should politicize political decisions of current or previous administrations. I'd also like to fight the terrorists here, and the terrorists there. No sense in doing anything half-assed. Maybe there's a way to do it without giving every Christian fundamentalist in the country a hard-on.

Would 'knowing about it beforehand' qualify as your silver bullet to prevent the September 11 attacks?

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From:djner
Date:April 8th, 2004 09:02 pm (UTC)

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I don't know if we have a "silver bullet" but I think there were many oportunities that this government had to change some policies before something like this happened. I'm not saying Clinton would not have done the same thing, saying the same things, but as Rice says, there were "structural problems" in the administration that didn't help the passing of such "silver bullets" and information about terror threats. Also Ray, ow do we know that we're fighting Iraq to eliminate more terrorists from the world? Whose not to say taht more terrorists won't pp up somewhere else in the world? Iran? Syria? If Bush wins this year, I wonder "where to next" for the war on terror. I think it'd be best to concentrate on sealing our borders and securing our country rather than changing regimes elsewhere in the world that may or may not give the terrorists less of a haven other places.

Don't get offended, I love good spirited debate :). And, I love being wrong too so tell me how i am wrong. I may not agree but I do like to listen to other's views.
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From:lucid42day
Date:April 10th, 2004 12:02 am (UTC)

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Most of the structural problems, as I see them, still exist. My main problem isn't really with Bush, per se, but the people who followed him in.

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From:rmahorney
Date:April 8th, 2004 09:17 pm (UTC)

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Your comment presupposes we had the intel assets in place to have learned of the plot with enough time to roll up the organization and keep this plan from reaching its conclusion which was not the case at all. Over the last few years, the Intel communities have relied too heavily on elint and siggint intercepts as methods of data collection and in this case, this over reliance on elint and siggint left us unprepared for the events of September 11. We were warned by the Mosaad prior to the attacks but the warning lacked specifics and spoke mainly in general terms and for us to act on the bases of generalities would have given the appearence of alarmism so, it was therefore not possible for us to act on a report for which we had no substantive or corroborative evidence. Let me remind you that the purpose of waging a war is to win and to do it decisively! and you don't do that by letting the Opp-For gain any ground in your teritory or against your assets.
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From:lucid42day
Date:April 10th, 2004 12:00 am (UTC)

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Nah. I just asked a question. We were warned by the FBI and CIA as well, if I recall correctly. Problem was, the right people were preoccupied with finding a reason to invade Iraq.

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From:rmahorney
Date:April 10th, 2004 12:41 am (UTC)

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We actually had a directive in place from about 1998 to pop Sadaam so the claim that the "right people" were looking for a reason to go into Iraq loses credibility in light of this fact. Aditionally neither the FBI nor the CIA could have issued any kind of warnings because of constraints against information sharing imposed through the simple expeediant of changing the manner with which OBL was dealt with from one of national security to one of law enforcement. By arguing that OBL had not violated any US laws it was easy to claim that there was no legal case for his aprehention. Further there was no way for the CIA to issue any kind of warning because it had no means of Intelligents gathering other than ellint and signals intercepts and the organization made very little use of electronics infrastructure to conduct their C&C comms. In short, there was no practical way given the limitations imposed both by the previous administration and by previous congressional actions on the security and intelligents apperatus to prevent what happened.
Ray T. Mahorney
WA4WGA

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