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Former FBI Agent Claims He Had Information to Stop 9/11 Attacks

A former FBI special agent said he had information that could have prevented the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks but he said the CIA prevented him from taking the evidence to FBI headquarters, Newsweek reports.

Mark Rossini, who lost his job in 2008 for showing confidential FBI documents to actress Linda Fiorentino to help her research a script about a wiretapper, said he was barred from going to FBI headquarters with information that two known terrorists had entered the U.S. Those terrorists later helped carry out the 9/11 attacks.

While government reports have vaguely blamed “intelligence failures” for the terrorist attacks, no details were ever provided about why the CIA didn’t pass on information earlier to the FBI that the terrorists were in the country.

During questioning by the congressional investigators, Rossini said and another FBI agent were told by the CIA to stay quiet.

“It was just understood in the office that they were not to be trusted, that [the congressional investigators] were trying to pin this on someone, that they were trying to put someone in jail,” Rossini told Newsweek. “They said [the investigators] weren’t authorized to know what was going on operationally. … When we were interviewed, the CIA had a person in the room, monitoring us.”

Justice for Sept. 11 Victims Could Be Years Away As Terrorism Case Hits Yet Another Legal Snag

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The first – and maybe only – trial of those accused of orchestrating and financing the Sept. 11 attacks has hit yet another legal snag that could delay the case for years.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the 9/11 conspiracy case against five suspects at Guantanamo Bay is mired in controversy related to the defense team for the suspected mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.

The defense team earlier this week accused the FBI of trying to turn one of the lawyers into an informant.

Then on Thursday, the judge in the case confirmed that the defense team is under investigation for alleged wrongdoing.

The sluggish pace of the case has frustrated victims of the terrorist attacks.

FBI Was In Direct Contact With Osama Bin Laden in 1993, Knew He Was Financing Terrorism

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI had direct contact with Osama bin Laden in 1993 and learned that he was trying to finance terrorist attacks inside the U.S., according to the Washington Times.

The information about the al Qaeda leader quietly emerged from an employment dispute case involving an FBI agent in 2010 and escaped the attention of the media.

“It was the only source I know in the bureau where we had a source right in al Qaeda, directly involved,” Edward J. Curran, a former top official in the FBI’s Los Angeles office, told the court in a case by former agent Bassem Youssef.

Members of the Sept. 11 commission and experts in terrorism expressed surprise when told of the discovery.

“I think it raises a lot of questions about why that information didn’t become public and why the 9/11 Commission or the congressional intelligence committees weren’t told about it,” said former Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Michigan, who chaired the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence from 2004 through 2007 when lawmakers handled the fallout from the 9/11 Commission’s official report.

Feds on High Alert As 12th Anniversary of Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks Nears

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

With two days until the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the federal government is on high alert but has found no credible or detailed information about an imminent threat, The Associated Press reports.

Concerns of an attack on Western targets will remain high this week as federal authorities recall the four Americans killed on last year’s anniversary in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

There were no specific warnings about that attack, the AP wrote.

Trouble is, it’s not easy identifying a terrorist plot being perpetrated by a lone person who may not be tied to a specific terror group, the AP reported.

Outgoing FBI Director Mueller III Speaks About How Sept. 11 Changed the FBI

Robert Mueller

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Outgoing FBI Director Robert S Mueller III never imagined that his bureau would be consumed with the fight on terror.

After all, Mueller started his job as director a week before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“I love prosecuting cases, and I love doing investigations, particularly homicide investigations and the like, and that’s why I became a prosecutor,” Mueller said in a rare interview with reporters at FBI headquarters, the Washington Post reports.“I did not expect to be spending my time preventing terrorist attacks,”

Twelve years later, Mueller is exiting a bureau that has been transformed to handle the global war on terror. Since the attacks, the FBI has invested heavily in intelligence programs and information technology, while opening 18 overseas posts.

“You have one metric, and that is preventing all attacks. . . . If there’s one attack, you are unsuccessful,” he said.

NSA Leader: Government Surveillance Helped Prevent More than 50 Terrorist Attacks

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Top security officials said Tuesday they disrupted more than 50 terrorist plots using government surveillance, The New York Times reports.

Trying to fend off fierce criticism about the recent disclosure of government surveillance, national security officers told the House Intelligence Committee that investigators used the private information to prevent terrorist attacks. 

One thwarted attack included a plan to bomb the New York Stock Exchange, and another involved a group of California men convinced of sending money to Islamic extremists in Somalia, The Times reported.

At the rare public oversight hearing, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, head of the NSA, said surveillance provided invaluable information.

“In the 12 years since the attacks on Sept. 11, we have lived in relative safety and security as a nation,” General Alexander said. “That security is a direct result of the intelligence community’s quiet efforts to better connect the dots and learn from the mistakes that permitted those attacks to occur on 9/11.”

Former Head of FBI’s New York City Office to Share His Account of Sept. 11, 2001

Barry Mawn/from bbc video

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The head of the FBI’s New York office during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks will share his horrifying experience of being at ground zero and watching the towers fall at an event in Florida, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Barry Mawn plans to also talk about the aftermath of the attack at the Boys & Girls Club of Martin County on Feb. 18 in an effort to raise money for the group, the Post reported.

“During the summer of 2001, there was a lot of intelligence indicating that Al Qaeda would strike again,” he told the Post. “We were all pretty focused on that would be overseas because they had done the embassy bombings in Africa and they had attacked the U.S.S. Cole. When the Twin Towers got hit, that was obviously a surprise to us, that they had attacked us in the United States.”

Mawn said he nearly died twice on Sept. 11 – a story he may discuss further at the event.