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Who Actually Failed to Heed Terror Warnings?

Thursday, 23 May 2002 12:00 AM

Something is very wrong in Washington.

Instead of doing things for the good of the country and for the protection and prosperity of the American people, liberal politicians – mostly from the Democratic Party – are busy playing political games that contradict the will of the people who elected them.

For the last several days, the Bush administration has been under attack from liberals and left-wing media organizations insinuating that the White House had warning of the terrorists attacks and could have done more to stop them.

Democrats in Congress have raised concerns about disclosures that the Bush administration knew about the possibility that terrorists connected to the bin Laden organization were preparing to attack America.

The well-known facts are that the first time terrorists attacked America was not in 2001, but many years ago, and that the possibility of commercial airliners being used as lethal weapons had been discussed since President Clinton was in office but had not been recognized by either administration as an immediate danger.

As NewsMax.com reported last fall, the Clinton administration did nothing to stop attacks by terrorists, who went unpunished for their crimes and methodically increased the level of their assaults thanks to the continued ignorance of the White House.

There is no doubt that it was not George Bush, but the Clinton administration, that knew in 1995 about a plot to use airliners as bombs to blow up American buildings, but did nothing about it and kept this information from the Bush administration.

The first World Trade center bombing was on Feb. 26, 1993, one month into the Clinton administration, which did nothing to prevent a repeat of such attacks. The second al-Qaeda attack took place several months later in Mogadishu, Somalia, and again the Clinton administration did practically nothing.

In 1995, Ramzi Yousef was captured in the Philippines with plans to use commercial airliners to blow up U.S. federal facilities, including CIA headquarters. After the discovery of the operation, Al Gore was appointed to head a task force to tighten airport security, but the White House rejected its key recommendations, which could have prevented Sept. 11.

In 1996, a barracks housing U.S. soldiers in Saudi Arabia was blown up. In 1998, al-Qaeda blew up the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. In response the Clinton administration authorized a missile strike on a pharmaceutical facility in Khartoum (which they misidentified as a "nerve gas factory") and fired 75 missiles into an empty terrorist camp in Afghanistan. It is no surprise that two years later the same administration did nothing in response to the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen.

Every year that these terrorist attacks were taking place, liberal congressional leaders supported bills to cut U.S. intelligence funding, unreasonably limited and framed intelligence operations and undermined the proposals to tighten immigration controls. In other words, they dramatically reduced U.S. intelligence capabilities that could have strengthened American defenses against attacks by international terrorists.

At the end of its term, the administration almost doubled the size of the U.S. counter-terrorism budget, but that money was never used because the process of training and preparing professional personnel cannot be limited to weeks but instead requires years.

America missed opportunities to prepare for a war on terrorism, and the terrorists hit us hard on Sept. 11 and now continue their preparations for a new attack, which could come very soon.

Now these same liberals are demanding that the White House give Congress documents to use in a congressional probe of intelligence failures that may have allowed the tragedy of Sept. 11. The House and Senate intelligence committees are planning a joint "independent" investigation to find out what went wrong.

This is their right, of course, but they need to keep in mind that during such an investigation very sensitive and secret information on a variety of subjects could wind up in newspapers and compromise both intelligence-gathering and sources.

This has already happened many times but never with such sensitive information. These politicians need to take full responsibility for the possibly dangerous consequences. Will they do so?

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