New Evidence Of Bush Administration "Negligence" In Assessing Pre-9/11 Threat



NEW YORK - Eleven years after 9/11, a writer with unprecedented access to pertinent classified documents says the Bush Administration ignored multiple "direct warnings" that Al Qaeda was planning to strike on American soil leading up to the Sep. 11, 2001 attack.

In a piece published in the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times on Tuesday, the 11th anniversary of the most devastating terrorist attack in American history, journalist Kurt Eichenwald says he has read excerpts of daily CIA briefings in the weeks and months before 9/11 that has led to the "inescapable conclusion...that the administration’s reaction reflected significantly more negligence than has been disclosed."

Eichenwald says that sources told him "the neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon were warning the White House that the C.I.A. had been fooled."

Read the full article at the New York Times

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File:Parsin Gas and CNG Station in Karaj-Qazvin Freeway, Iran ...

Gas stations in many Iranian cities had trouble supplying fuel earlier in the week in what was a suspected cyberattack on the fuel distribution system. One Tehran daily on Thursday blamed Israel, which may have carried out similar acts in past years, to weaken Iran's hostile regime.

The incident reportedly disrupted the credit and debit card payments system this time, forcing users to pay cash and higher prices, the London-based broadcaster Iran International reported.

Though state officials didn't publicly accuse anyone specific, they did say perhaps this and other attacks had been planned for October, to "anger people" on the anniversary of the anti-government protests of 2019.

Khamenei, where's our gas?

Cheeky slogans were spotted Tuesday in different places in Iran, including electronic panels over motorways. One of them read "Khamenei, where's our gas?"

Iran International reported that Tehran-based news agency ISNA posted, then deleted, a report on drivers also seeing the message "cyberattack 64411" on screens at gas stations, purported to be the telephone number of the office of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

A member of parliament's National Security Committee, Vahid Jalalzadeh, said the attack had been planned months ahead, and had inflicted "grave losses," Iran International and domestic agencies reported Thursday. The conservative Tehran newspaper Kayhan named "America, the Zionist regime and their goons" as the "chief suspects" in the attack.

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