September 11th Advocates Statement on Hayden, others rewarded after 9/11
For Immediate Release -- May 11, 2006
There has been an untenable pattern in this administration where abysmal failure gets rewarded and accountability is not found. For example:
1. Condoleezza Rice was promoted to Secretary of State:
On May 16, 2002, Condoleezza Rice, as National Security Advisor, said, "No one could have predicted that planes could be used as missiles", despite many prior intelligence reports on that precise topic and the fact that she was in Italy in July 2001 with the President who had to sleep on a boat for fear that a plane might be used as a missile in an assassination attempt against him.
On September 11, 2001, four planes were used as missiles. Our National Security Agencies were unprepared. 3000 people were killed.
In 2005, Condoleezza Rice was promoted from National Security Advisor to Secretary of State.
2. George Tenet was heralded as a hero and given the Medal of Freedom:
Tenet led the CIA through three of the US Intelligence communities largest failures: the U.S.S. Cole bombing, 9/11, and the lack of WMD in Iraq.
George Tenet was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of our countries most esteemed honors.
3. FBI agents Michael Maltbie and David Frasca were promoted within the ranks of the FBI:
Moussaoui’s arresting officer, FBI agent Harry Samit, tried some 70 times to get a FISA warrant to search Moussaoui's belongings before the 9/11 attacks. Samit testified during the Moussaoui penalty phase that he was thwarted by two agents at FBI HQ: Michael Maltbie, and David Frasca. These men scrubbed clean Samit’s FISA requests of any references to terrorist ties that Moussaoui might have had, and then refused to allow the FISA requests to even be made.
The US Government has asserted that had they been able to search Moussaoui's belongings, the 9/11 plot could have been prevented.
Maltbie and Frasca were both promoted within the ranks of the FBI, where they are still employed today.
4. Steven Hadley was promoted to National Security Advisor:
Steven Hadley is the man responsible for placing the misleading and erroneous 16 words in the State of the Union Address regarding WMD in Iraq.
Steven Hadley was promoted to National Security Advisor in 2005.
5. Porter Goss was promoted to Director of the CIA:
Porter Goss was the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee prior to and after 9/11. In such capacity he was responsible for the Congressional oversight of the intelligence community and its agencies. With an intelligence community still in complete disarray nearly 5 years post-9/11, Goss was at least in part responsible for that.
President Bush appointed Goss to head the CIA in 2004.
6. General Michael Hayden is now being appointed to Director of the CIA:
On September 10, 2001, two intercepts were received by the NSA:
"tomorrow is zero hour" and "the match begins tomorrow".
According to the official record, these intercepts were not translated until September 12, 2001. In the summer of threat, the NSA apparently had a shortage of translators.
General Michael Hayden was head of the NSA in September of 2001.
Moreover, Hayden is the architect of the president's illegal wiretapping program. The congressional intelligence committees were not briefed about this program, as is required by law.
General Michael Hayden is now being promoted to head the CIA.
Nearly five years post-9/11, the agencies that comprise our national security apparatus are floundering because no real reforms have taken place. This failure lies solely within the hands of President Bush and Congress who fail to take our homeland security seriously and make it a number one priority.
However, one must remain mindful that any intelligence agency can only be as good as the individuals that comprise that agency and lead that agency.
How can we expect optimal results from an intelligence community that continues to be led by incompetent individuals with clear records of failure? Why is our President choosing individuals who have clearly showed failures of judgment and failures of competence that have cost thousands of lives?
September 11th Advocates:
Lorie Van Auken