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The FBI Blew It

John on March 21, 2006 at 8:19 pm

This story [dead link corrected] is too disturbing to ignore. FBI agent Harry Samit interviewed Zacarias Moussaoui, the 20th hijacker, one month before 9-11. He was convinced Moussaoui was a terrorist and intended to hijack a plane. Samit even found a link to Osama bin Laden.

Despite all of this, Samit’s superiors at the FBI refused to take action and would not issue a search warrant for Moussaoui’s property or his computer. Samit also tried to contact the FBI’s bin Laden unit by e-mail and never received a response. In all, he made more than 70 attempts to get someone to act on the information he had to no avail.

Forget inter-agency cooperation and Jamie Gorelick’s wall of seperation. None of that matters. Had someone pulled their head out of their rear and dug into Moussaoui in August of 2001, 9-11 might never have happened.

Only in the government could the people responsible for this level of abject failure still have jobs and pensions. They should be in prison for criminal negligence. And don’t say no one saw it coming. Someone did. His name is Harry Samit.

If someone can point me to a reasonable defense of the FBI’s conduct, I’d love to read it.

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