Half-truths and scary bedtime stories
October 15, 2013
Senator Diane Feinstein on Sunday took the pages of the Wall Street Journal to defend the federal government’s brazen defilement of the Fourth Amendment and the constitutional rights of all Americans.
Feinstein has consistently supported authoritarian government, including numerous proposals to outlaw firearms guaranteed by the Second Amendment, but her exploitation of the so-called terror threat and defense of the NSA reveal how desperate the government is to defend the high-tech Stasi state now operational in America.
Her defense of totalitarianism under the ruse of an omniscient terror threat is remarkable: “Our safety depends on the ability of the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies — including those at State, in the military, and at the FBI — to discover unfolding plots by tracking connections between terrorists, especially plots tied to the U.S. homeland. This is why NSA’s call-records program is an essential component of U.S. counterterrorism efforts,” she writes.
Interestingly, Feinstein mentions Khalid al-Mihdhar, the supposed al-Qaeda operative said to be involved in the 9/11 attacks, as she makes her argument that the NSA should be allowed unrestricted access to the private information of all Americans.
“Consider the case of 9/11 hijacker Khalid al-Mihdhar, who was being watched by the CIA while he was in Malaysia. U.S. intelligence agencies failed to connect the dots before the attack to recognize that al-Mihdhar had flown with (future) hijacker Nawaf al-Hazmi to Los Angeles in January 2000,” she writes.
Intelligence officials knew about an al Qaeda safe house in Yemen with ties to al-Mihdhar as well as the safe house’s telephone number, but they had no way of knowing if anyone inside the U.S. was in contact with that phone number in Yemen. Only after 9/11 did we learn that al-Mihdhar, while living in San Diego, had called the safe house.
In congressional testimony in June, FBI Director Bob Mueller said that if intelligence officials had had the NSA’s searchable database of U.S. telephone-call records before 9/11, they would have been able to connect the number to al-Mihdhar and produce actionable intelligence on participants of the developing plot. NSA Director Keith Alexander testified before Congress in October that if the call-records program had existed before 9/11, there is a “very high” likelihood that we would have detected the impending attack that killed 3,000 Americans.
Ms. Feinstein, however, fails to tell the whole story, which is a pathological trait of far too many government employees citing the supposed terror threat as they prepare to steal our liberty.
Khalid al-Mihdhar settled in the United States with the help of a Saudi intelligence operative, Omar al-Bayoumi. The FBI knew about al-Bayoumi and his activities, but Feinstein neglects this inconvenientfact. The shady Saudi acted as co-signer and guarantor for the apartment rental application of al-Mihdhar and fellow supposed hijacker, Nawaf Alhazmi. He also paid their rent, introduced the pair to the local Muslim community, and hooked them up with another supposed hijacker, Hani Hanjour, the failed flying student who we are told acrobatically flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon. Although the FBI would later claim Hanjour was not on their radar, informants have stated otherwise.
In addition to working with a Saudi intelligence operative, the pair had closed door meetings with Anwar al-Awlaki, at the time the imam of a San Diego mosque. In addition to a connection to al-Bayoumi and Saudi intelligence, al-Awlaki — who is said to planned the comical Christmas day underwear bomber fiasco, the Fort Hood shooting, and the aborted fireworks Times Square bombing – dined at the Pentagon following the 9/11 attacks.
“American-born cleric Awlaki’s role as a key figure in almost every recent terror plot targeting the United States and Canada, coupled with his visit to the Pentagon, only confirms our long stated position that Awlaki is a chief terrorist patsy-handler for the CIA – he is the federal government’s premier false flag agent,” Paul Joseph Watson wrote after Fox News broke the story in October, 2010.
“The U.S. must remain vigilant against terrorist attacks against the homeland,” Feinstein continues. “Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), considered the world’s most capable and dangerous terrorist organization, is determined to attack the United States. As we have seen since the ‘underwear bomber’ attempted to blow up an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, AQAP has developed nonmetallic bombs that can elude airport screeners, and the organization’s expert bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, remains at large.”
Once again, Feinstein fails to tell the whole story. The so-called underwear bomber, the hapless Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was deliberately and intentionally allowed to keep his U.S.-issued entry visa as the result of a national security override that effectively blocked the State Department’s planned revocation of that visa, Webster Tarpley noted in February, 2010. Moreover, Detroit lawyer, Kurt Haskell, who was present on the flight, reported that a disheveled Abdulmutallab was placed on the flight by a “sharp-dressed man” despite objections by airport staff in Amsterdam.
Feinstein also fails to report that Ibrahim al-Asiri, paraded by the establishment media as a scary al-Qaeda bombing mastermind, has yet to manufacture and deploy an effective bomb and take down an aircraft.
Additionally, Feinstein’s reference to “nonmetallic bombs” is nothing if not a comical red herring. Explosive experts, including renowned terrorism expert and Pentagon adviser Marvin Cetron, have dismissed the idea of an al-Qaeda liquid bomb as a Hollywood fantasy.
Liquid bombs “require hours to prepare even after being smuggled on board, plus a lot of ice to keep them cool during the process,” Cetron said in 2006. “To remain undetected, they also need passengers and a flight crew with a defective sense of smell. And they are likely to blow up in mid-preparation with just enough force to kill the would-be chemist, but no one else.”
Feinstein’s flaccid excuse for the treasonous violation of the Constitution is so riddled with fallacy and illogical reasoning, it should have been posted on the Onion website, not the Wall Street Journal.
But then the Wall Street Journal, along with the New York Times and the rest of the CIA’s Mockingbird corporate media, have served the state well as it continues to peddle lies, half-truth, self-serving fictions and other fabrications that are used to rob America of its birthright.