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Grayson slams mosque 'distraction': Talk about admin that 'let' 9-11 happen insteadGrayson slams mosque ‘distraction’: Talk about admin that ‘let’ 9/11 happen instead

By Stephen C. Webster

The debate over a planned Islamic community center several blocks from New York City’s World Trade Center site is a “distraction,” according to Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL).

Instead, the debate should shift in focus to an examination of the administration which “let it happen.”

‘It,’ of course, being the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The remark was made during a Friday appearance on MSNBC’s The Ed Show.

“If we are going to talk about 9/11, why don’t we talk about how not so much the people who died on 9/11 were disgraced by the possibility of an Islamic athletic center several blocks away; how about the fact that they were disgraced by a president who let it happen?” he asked. “Who went on vacation for the entire month of August after he was warned in writing that Osama bin Laden was actually finding targets in NYC and learning how to take these planes and do terrible things with them? The thing itself said ‘hijacking’ and they did nothing about it.”

Unanswered questions

In its report on the devastating attacks, the 9/11 Commission wrote:

[President Bush] did not recall discussing the August 6 report with the Attorney General or whether Rice had done so. We have found no indication of any further discussion before September 11 among the President and his top advisers of the possibility of a threat of an al Qaeda attack in the United States. …Tenet does not recall any discussions with the President of the domestic threat during this period. Domestic agencies did not know what to do, and no one gave them direction. The borders were not hardened. Transportation systems were not fortified. Electronic surveillance was not targeted against a domestic threat. State and local law enforcement were not marshaled to augment the FBI’s efforts. The public was not warned.

In 2008, Philip Shenon, who covered the 9/11 Commission proceedings for the New York Times, published a book called, The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation, in which he revealed the uncomfortably close ties between the commission’s executive director, Philip Zelikow, and Bush advisers Karl Rove and Condoleezza Rice.

The following year it was revealed that the commission’s crucial chapters, detailing the planning and execution of the attacks, was sourced namely on information obtained through torture.

9/11 Commission members Thomas Kean and Lee H. Hamilton wrote that although US President George W. Bush had ordered all executive branch agencies to cooperate with the probe, “recent revelations that the CIA destroyed videotaped interrogations of Qaeda operatives leads us to conclude that the agency failed to respond to our lawful requests for information about the 9/11 plot.”

“Those who knew about those videotapes — and did not tell us about them — obstructed our investigation.”

They continued: “There could have been absolutely no doubt in the mind of anyone at the CIA — or the White House — of the commission’s interest in any and all information related to Qaeda detainees involved in the 9/11 plot.

“Yet no one in the administration ever told the commission of the existence of videotapes of detainee interrogations,” Kean and Hamilton wrote.

Just four days ago, two tapes that were supposedly destroyed, depicting the interrogations of a Sept. 11 suspect, were discovered under a desk at the CIA. Dozens of other tapes that captured the waterboarding and torture of other prisoners were allegedly destroyed.

In a 2006 telephone survey of 1200 individuals, just 47% agreed that “the 9/11 attacks were thoroughly investigated and that any speculation about US government involvement is nonsense.” Almost as many, 45%, indicated they were more likely to agree “that so many unanswered questions about 9/11 remain that Congress or an International Tribunal should re-investigate the attacks, including whether any US government officials consciously allowed or helped facilitate their success.”

Your Comments

  • Abe L. D’Anger

    With “Able Danger” there should be a valid stance to sustantiate “prior knowledge”, which is vastly an understatement when the attacks were subject matter of exercise scenarios, and to motion for The Hague.

  • cynthia cooney

    ok Who was President the last time they bombed the World Trade Center? also think about this , remember Timothy Mcviegh, what was his problem ? HE was an American Soldier, was President Bush his sidekick? I think he was just crazy myself. People want Americans to beleive that our Government is working and plotting against us Americans. Obama might be , doesnt he practice the Muslim religion, I heard that he does. Oh well the constitution says that he has that right.

  • cynthia cooney

    President Bush was not at all the other bombings around the World, was he. Obama is using the constitution to back up his beleif of (Freedom Of Religion), saying that they can put a Mosque anywhere they want to . The Muslims think our country should not permit homosexuals to live, in there country they would be put to death. The Muslims hate Israel, we back up Israel, so what does that tell you. there are so many people converting to the Muslim religion all over America, I wonder why, people love to join hate groups, they need to belong somewhere.The klan ,they hate all kinds of people including the Jews. Everybody hates America but they sure like living over here.All I can see for America is trouble, from the Hate Groups.

  • enrico napolitano

    I am 100% sure george bush, condolessa rice and cheney were responsable on 9/11 for the orchestration and execution of the World Trade Center Controlled Demolitions Destructions, Therefore george bush And condolessa rice must go to sit on a Electric Chair as soon as Possible

  • Matt Dowell

    i really like both of these guys. Alan Grayson for President. Yeah I dont understand eityher how George bush can take a month vacation and a week into the next month after verbal and written warnings of a huge terrorist attack and he is still a free man. this actually makes me believe there is no GOD.

  • Myrta Gschaar

    Directed to ALL

    We need to stop the blaming others. Understand that the USA our beloved country, before 9/11 and after 9/11 continues to be in harms way. Evil will prevail if we do not stop the bickering and move to rid the USA of the undesirables who only live to see the destruction of the United States. When the United States is defeated the world will end and who will you blame? Mentioning the former President’s name as the corpit may be an escape and possible makes everyone feel with out quilt. But that’s OK if you want to blame others.
    My opinion is that we are so busy with our lives, we are all the blame for 9/11 and I believe in my heart our government let us down. So where do we go from here? I can only say to you and yell it out as loud as I can, “USA Government and our leaders pay attention do not allow the enemy to prevail”.

    Myrta Gschaar
    Widow of Robert J. Gschaar
    Killed on 9/11/01 AON WTC II 92nd floor

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