DHS releases status report on 9/11 recommendations, cites progress
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano Photo By Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla
July 21st, 2011
05:56 PM ET

DHS releases status report on 9/11 recommendations, cites progress

Citing "significant progress," the Department of Homeland Security Thursday released a report looking at how far the U.S. has come in the past seven years to fulfilling specific 9/11 Commission recommendations.
"Over the past decade, we have made great strides to secure our nation against a large attack or disaster, to protect critical infrastructure and cyber networks, and to engage a broader range of Americans in the shared responsibility for security, " said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano in a statement released by the department.

The report looks at issues ranging from screening for explosives, protecting cyber networks, and strengthening airline passenger programs to bolstering security along the U.S. border.
One of the highlights is the screening of airline passengers, which has evolved over the past 10 years in response to the 9/11 attacks by using a multi-layered, risk-based system.
"Today, DHS requires all airlines flying to the United States from foreign countries to provide Advance Passenger Information and Passenger Name Records prior to departure; checks 100 percent of passengers on flights flying to, from, or within the United States against government watch-lists through its Secure Flight program; and has expanded trusted traveler programs, expediting travel for passengers who provide biometric identification and pass rigorous, recurrent security checks," said a homeland security news release.
Prior to the 9/11 attacks, there were limited federal security requirements in place for screening air cargo and luggage.
"Today all checked and carry-on baggage is screened for explosives. The capacity of frontline security personnel and new technologies also has significantly expanded to more than 52,000 TSA personnel serving on the frontlines at over 450 U.S. airports today," DHS pointed out.
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, said the DHS report card was self-administered. "When it comes to our homeland security, however, we are truly only as strong as our weakest link," she said.
In a statement, Collins acknowledged improved information-sharing but added, "Troubling examples of not connecting the dots persist, including the Fort Hood shooter and the Christmas Day bomber."
Collins cited strengthened airline passenger pre-screening but pointed out the recent incident when a man was able to fly cross-country without a valid government ID and an expired boarding pass.
"At the other extreme, it troubles many Americans to see TSA screeners putting the very young and the very elderly through intrusive, and in most cases unnecessary, pat downs," Collins said.
On the issue of U.S. border security since the 9/11 Commission issued its recommendations, DHS points to "unprecedented levels of personnel, technology and resources to the Southwest border...and critical security improvements along the Northern and maritime borders."
Collins said, "DHS has bolstered the security of U.S. borders and identification documents, but two Iraqi refugees associated with Al Qaida in Iraq were arrested in Bowling Green, Kentucky. How a bomb maker, whose fingerprints we had had for some time, was able to enter our country on humanitarian grounds remains an unanswered and troubling question."
"This year, we will commemorate the worst attack ever on the United States. In doing so, we must ask ourselves,
Are we safer?' Or, are we just safer from the tactics the terrorists already have tried?" Collins said.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano was asked in a CNN interview about the progress report and specifically why it did not cite a nuclear threat among the immediate concerns.
"The conclusion is meant to suggest we can't be focused just on one thing or one group. We have to focus on many different types of tactics, many different types of techniques, many different types of groups or individuals. And so we do have concerns in the nuclear realm, the biological realm, the chemical realm, all of the different tactics that could potentially be used by a terrorist," Napolitano told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
Former 9/11 Commission Chair Tom Kean and Vice Chair Lee Hamilton pointed to progress and said the nation is safer since 9/11.
"However, important 9/11 Commission recommendations remain unfulfilled. As a result, we are not as safe as we could or should be," they said in a joint statement.
Kean and Hamilton called for a unified command structure to provide better coordination among multiple agencies, improved interoperable communications for first responders and upgrades to transportation security technology.

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  1. Osama bin Slobbin

    Remember, it takes weeks to set up a demolition...and access to the buildings....no one saw groups of Arab laborers in the weeks preceding with access to the WTC buildings but many saw groups of other workmen who made quite a racket in the weeks preceding 911...under the guise of "rewiring". And the company who had this access was run by a brother of GWBush..who also had control of the security of the buildings. Very convenient...I'd say. And since no plane hit building 7 and Silverstein practically admitted it was a controlled demolition....makes you wonder how they managed to set up the demolition of building 7 in one short afternoon since the first two buildings came down. Remember it takes weeks to set up a demolition.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  2. Osama bin Slobbin

    Oh, and Michael, I suppose those "19 hijackers" or OBL somehow managed to get hold of tons of nanothermite and other explosives that was what really brought down the WTC towers and Building 7. The dust samples collected after the WTC demolitions (one, just 10 minutes after the last WTC tower fell) were found to contain evidence of the presence of nanothermite and other incriminating evidence that shows that 911 was an inside job and not done primarily by 19 "hijackers". Read the scientific paper on this by doing a search on 911 nanothermite Bentham.org

    August 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  3. rajeev

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation employs upwards of 15,000 undercover agents today, ten times what they had on the roster back in 1975.

    If you think that’s a few spies too many — spies earning as much as $100,000 per assignment — one doesn’t have to go too deep into their track record to see their accomplishments. Those agents are responsible for an overwhelming amount of terrorist stings that have stopped major domestic catastrophes in the vein of 9/11 from happening on American soil.

    Another thing those agents are responsible for, however, is plotting those very schemes.

    The FBI has in recent years used trained informants not just to snitch on suspected terrorists, but to set them up from the get-go. A recent report put together by Mother Jones and the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California-Berkley analyses some striking statistics about the role of FBI informants in terrorism cases that the Bureau has targeted in the decade since the September 11 attacks.

    The report reveals that the FBI regularly infiltrates communities where they suspect terrorist-minded individuals to be engaging with others. Regardless of their intentions, agents are sent in to converse within the community, find suspects that could potentially carry out “lone wolf” attacks and then, more or less, encourage them to do so. By providing weaponry, funds and a plan, FBI-directed agents will encourage otherwise-unwilling participants to plot out terrorist attacks, only to bust them before any events fully materialize.

    Additionally, one former high-level FBI officials speaking to Mother Jones says that, for every informant officially employed by the bureau, up to three unofficial agents are working undercover.

    The FBI has used those informants to set-up and thus shut-down several of the more high profile would-be attacks in recent years. The report reveals that the Washington DC Metro bombing plot, the New York City subway plot, the attempt to blow up Chicago’s Sears Tower and dozens more were all orchestrated by FBI agents. In fact, reads the report, only three of the more well-known terror plots of the last decade weren’t orchestrated by FBI-involved agents.

    The report reveals that in many of the stings, important meetings between informants and the unknowing participants are left purposely unrecorded, as to avoid any entrapment charges that could cause the case to be dismissed. Perhaps the most high-profile of the FBI-proposed plots was the case of the Newburgh 4. Around an hour outside of New York City, an informant infiltrated a Muslim community and engaged four local men to carry out a series of attacks. Those men may have never actually carried out an attack, but once the informant offered them a plot and a pair of missiles, they agreed. Defense attorneys cried “entrapment,” but the men still were sentenced to 25 years apiece.

    "The problem with the cases we're talking about is that defendants would not have done anything if not kicked in the ass by government agents," Martin Stolar tells Mother Jones. Stolar represented the suspect involved in a New York City bombing plot that was set-up by FBI agents. "They're creating crimes to solve crimes so they can claim a victory in the war on terror." For their part, the FBI says this method is a plan for "preemption," "prevention" and "disruption."

    The report also reveals that, of the 500-plus prosecutions of terrorism-related cases they analyzed, nearly half of them involved the use of informants, many of whom worked for the FBI in exchange for money or to work off criminal charges. Of the 158 prosecutions carried out, 49 defendants participated in plots that agent provocateurs arranged on behalf of the FBI.

    Experts note that the chance of winning a terrorism-related trial, entrapment or not, is near impossible. "The plots people are accused of being part of — attacking subway systems or trying to bomb a building — are so frightening that they can overwhelm a jury," David Cole, a Georgetown University law professor, tells Mother Jones. Since 9/11, almost two-thirds of the cases linked to terrorism have ended with guilty pleas. “They don't say, 'I've been entrapped,' or, 'I was immature,’” a retired FBI official remarks.

    All of this and those guilty pleas often stem for just being in the right place at the wrong time. Farhana Khera of the group Muslim Advocate notes that agents go into mosques on “fishing expeditions” just to see where they can get interest in the community. "The FBI is now telling agents they can go into houses of worship without probable cause," says Khera. "That raises serious constitutional issues."

    From the set-up to the big finish, the whole sting operation is ripe with constitutional issues such as that. A decade since 9/11, however, the FBI is reaching through whatever means it can pull together to keep terrorists — or whom they think could someday become one — from ever hurting America.


    August 25, 2011 at 7:49 am | Reply
  4. NonZionist

    / / / When are we going to get around to INVESTIGATING 9/11?

    / / / If someone steals $100 from a convenience store, we have an investigation, we preserve the crime scene, we collect evidence, we ask about motive, we look for accomplices. But when 3,000 Americans are murdered, the parties with the most to gain simply TELL us what we are supposed to think, while they dismantle the crime scene, dispose of the evidence, block the investigation, and stall even the underfunded congressional whitewash. The victims of 9/11 deserve better.

    / / / 4,200 Americans and over a million Iraqis have died, because we Americans allowed the neo-cons to USE the 9/11 victims as a pretext for military aggression. The neo-cons hit Iraq with the equivalent of HUNDREDS of 9/11 attacks, with cruise missiles flying into skyscrapers, hundreds of times over. This is a country ten times smaller than the U.S., a country suing for peace when attacked.

    / / / Yet NO ONE has been held accountable. Just as NO ONE has been held accountable for stealing a trillion from our IRAs in 2008, and NO ONE is being held accountable for wrecking our economy. When accountability breaks down to such an extent, we have a PROBLEM that cannot be made to go away by shooting a feeble old man in Pakistan.

    / / / How did Osama do it? How DID he get the U.S. Air Force to stand down on that one particular morning? Now we will never know. And the incredible thing is that most Americans do not even WANT to know. For many of us, asking questions is seen as "Unpatriotic" and Ignorance is deemed "Strength".

    / / / I simply ask that crimes be INVESTIGATED, so that the guilty parties can be held accountable. Our failure to properly investigate 9/11 has allowed the neo-cons to level a country of 24 million people.

    / / / The longer the Official 9/11 Conspiracy Theory stands, the more our own country will suffer - for the same reason that a community suffers when criminals go free while innocent people are locked up. The absence of accountability means that there is no deterrence to crime and incompetence.

    / / / When we ask for an investigation, the Zionists ridicule us and try to silence us. If they had nothing to hide, wouldn't they WANT an investigation? Wouldn't they WELCOME an opportunity to prove their innocence?

    August 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  5. NonZionist

    +( engage a broader range of Americans in the shared responsibility for security )+

    Does that "broader range" now include non-Zionists and critics of Israel and people who put America first?

    Or is security still under the control of the Israel-firsters who lied us into creating a trillion-dollar holocaust in Iraq?

    So here is a superpower, wrote the US strategic analyst Mark Gaffney, so "blind and stupid" as to let "another state, i.e. Israel, control its foreign policy".
    - Guardian (UK)

    August 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  6. ruddy

    hey, Woolf Blitzer is ardent Zionist, and he has admitted so
    youtube it
    and as far as CNN goes it is pretty simple;
    CNN = communist news network
    globalism = international communism

    August 12, 2011 at 12:12 am | Reply
  7. James


    sorry for 'shouting', just want to make the point clear

    August 11, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Reply
    • NonZionist

      Bush was telling the truth, for once, when he said "THEY hate us for our freedom".

      Our mistake was to think "THEY" referred to "Radical Muslims". It actually referred to Bush's radical neo-con handlers.

      Freedom depends on equality: no masters, no slaves. A master race giving orders to a slave race is antithetical to freedom. Equality is a concept that Israel-first neo-cons and neo-libs do not seem to understand. They see human beings as collectives - as tribes - not as individuals. Because they do not trust those of us who are outside of their tribe, they seek to have absolute control over us. The collapse of the Soviet Union shows that this kind of control doesn't work, but that is a lesson our own elites have yet to learn.

      August 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  8. Katie Nelson

    The nsa knew about the 9/11 attacks in 1995. These people sat back and hid behind Marines at Fort Meade while agents like the CIA were killed in the Pentagon attacks! The things the national security agency is doing omg! All the people who believed they were abducted and implanted by alliens! That was the nsa and they were rfid chip test! I have one myself from my mother being in the military! There is no ufo! It's like the chinese stealth, a boomerang shaped aircraft that is thrown into a stall causing it to spin in circles! Those allien photos are actually starved ethiopian children whose faces have been distorted! They brainwash you and use your tv's speakers as a microphone to listen in to every home in America! I challenge you to plug a pair of headphones into the mic jack on your pc! One of the speakers doubles as a mic. It's the same principle. As for SETI they use that satellite not to send grettings into deep space, but to talk inside people's minds! Our hard earned tax dollars used against unarmed citizens!

    August 8, 2011 at 6:37 am | Reply
    • Random

      Shh. Its not polite to tell secrets.

      August 8, 2011 at 10:10 am | Reply
    • mickey1313

      it is to bad that most american do not believe this sort of thing, it is absolutly the truth.

      August 12, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  9. Mike

    Sean in AZ
    You seem that you have everything figured out. Good job man. I guess Middle easterns are the problem and we should just nuke them, it would be much easier!! right? The problem is not with middle east, its with people like you who are brain washed by the media. Communist is bad, Russia is an enemy, Middle easterns are terrorists. We have an excuse for everything. We cant accept the fact the problem is with us not them. Our foreign policy promotes hatered and by waging wars it doesnt help, it only spreads more hatred. Im sure you will come back with a dumb comment.

    July 31, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Reply
    • mickey1313

      all of the propiganda about socialism and cominuism is put out by the rich to keep people from realizing that there is a beter way. The rich hate the poor, and that is why we have been fighting china and russia for decaides.

      August 12, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Reply
  10. Richard

    What progress since 9/11? Unfortunately, not nearly enough. The real perpetrators who are based in Washington have still managed to avoid paying for their treasonous crimes and the political elite are too cowardly and/or corrupt to demand a new, real investigation. The public should demand accountability.

    July 30, 2011 at 4:37 am | Reply
    • mickey1313

      The problem with this articles question, is that the government orcerstrated 9/11, so the response is all smoke and mirrors.

      August 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  11. Mark

    You will have a sufficient understanding of history when you abandon the phrase "civilized man"

    July 27, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  12. dan

    horse poop. 9/11 was the biggest act of deceit and cowardice from our own country in order to be politically correct in entering the middle east. Same as JFK scandal. If the giv would spend as much time focusing on the economy and the problems we have going on at HOME....not libya, not afghanistan, not Iraq etc....as they do on scheming the next big cover up to trick its people into following their mindless system, this country would not be set to be doomed within the next 10 years

    July 25, 2011 at 5:42 am | Reply
    • g999

      It's fun to play games with all the miserable pawns, just ask Bohner and Bo.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Reply
    • Mark

      Dan,you got it 1000% correct

      July 27, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Reply
    • Albert H

      The 9/11 incident is just like the JFK assassination and here recently the "Death" of Osama Bin Laden. Horrible acts of violence are just the tools our governement use to justify war and to get the tyrantical bastards in the white house elected again. All government cover ups are sloppy and lead clues to the real motives behind them. The ultimate cover up is soon going to ne revealed though. China is going to take over the world. The US military had its funding cut in half our defenses are low and the US has a huge debt to china. The debt is so massive the US just about went into default but hey there is plenty of time for that. All and all though China owns the US so get used to the United States of China...

      August 4, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Reply
      • mickey1313

        there are 2 things your forget about when makeing the "chinas passing us argument". we have the nucular technology to send them back to the stoneage, and we have a working anti-missle satalite defence system, no matter what they want you to believe.

        August 12, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
    • Random

      Remember to old saying "do what you are good at."

      August 8, 2011 at 10:13 am | Reply
  13. Mr. Davidson

    What progress is never investigating why one of the buildings that was never hit imploded by controlled demolition.A public statement of we took it down ,by leasor was never questioned?Why were the federal agents who were following the highjackers when they were still in flying school suddenly taken off the case.Why do the facts prove that 9/11 was intentionally allowed to happen and the dots were being deconstructed as they were getting discovered.

    July 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Reply
  14. brown

    Progress? You phat focking government prostitutes wouldn't know what progress looks like. Your inspire ZERO confidence. The only thing you deserve is the business end of a rope!

    July 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  15. usaf2

    Perfect CNN Reporter for this job!! Wolf Blitzer (the wolf in a Armani suit), he is the biggest terrorist himself!! keep brain washing us Mr Blizer

    July 22, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  16. Sean in AZ

    Really? Progress? Old ladies in wheelchairs being groped by fat obnoxious TSA agents. A stun gun found on a plane. Several passengers flying with bogus or expired boarding passes. Your progress is for sh!t, you overbearing government retards. I'm sure Norway would love to hear about all your wonderful "progress". All the government has progressed in doing is creating an oppressive police state, and the people have had enough of your crap. You will all be fired in 2012, so enjoy the rest of the free ride, idiots.

    July 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Reply
    • Bruce

      Well said, being a Canuk I am well entertained by the stupidness of all bureaucrats, and our losers mirror yours. For the record the definition of a politician is someone who has what it takes to take what you have. Cheers Bruce

      July 22, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Reply
    • Random

      If this is a police state and you area going to fire people, area you king? If so can I get a job in security.

      August 8, 2011 at 10:32 am | Reply
  17. I-witness

    Just today...Oslo, Norway...there is no escaping the menace of these murderers. We must, as a civilized people, become as uncivilized as them, hunt them down, and kill them. There is no other way. We allow them into our peaceful countries and they can't assimilate, they don't want to assimilate and they never will. I have seen their brutality in Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan...they do not care who they kill, or how they do it. They are the devil himself hiding behind a religion gone amuck.

    July 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • g999

      Uncivilized? For 'eaven's sake not we, the people.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Reply
    • Liahor

      Idiot. The Norway assassin is not a Muslim. Your miopic view of the world confounds me. US killed millions of people during World War II. Infact it is the only nation to have ever used a nuclear weapon. And yet the same US is now the baron that seeks to control global nuclear proliferation. Terrorists are found in every culture such as the ETA of Spain and IRA of Ireland. I condemn the act of terrorism and the terrorist, not the religion to which a terrorist adheres. Hitler burnt 6 million jews. Following your viewpoint, can I label christianity a terrorism-friendly religion just because Hitler was a christian?

      July 29, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Reply
      • Random

        THe IRA are natives. So they are the IRA freedom fighters? IF not, were the native americans in the west terrorists. Look it up hitler was suffering from poisioning during his evil time.

        August 8, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  18. jon

    It's funny how in one article the DHS cites significant progress since 9/11, and you don't have to look far for another article titled, "Figures show thousands of security breaches at U.S. airports".

    THIS IS THE UNITED STATES AND WE DO NOT DISCRIMINATE, LADIES AND GENTLEMAN. You can be a 90 year old woman with Alzheimers from Miami and you have just as much a chance of getting searched as the conspicuously-shaven young Arab from Saudi Arabia who has nothing but a student visa and a carry-on to his name.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Reply
    • Sean in AZ

      "THIS IS THE UNITED STATES AND WE DO NOT DISCRIMINATE, LADIES AND GENTLEMAN. You can be a 90 year old woman with Alzheimers from Miami and you have just as much a chance of getting searched as the conspicuously-shaven young Arab from Saudi Arabia who has nothing but a student visa and a carry-on to his name."

      ...and that's the problem, isn't it? We know who the problem is, but we ignore them in the name of political correctness. Guaranteed grandma is getting a pat down before anyone even remotely questions the Middle Easter guy, because we would rather inconvenience law abiding citizens then offend the sensibilities of the groups we know to be perpetrators of terrorism and mass murder.. It's nonsense.

      July 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Reply
      • Random

        Are you saying we need to search our politicians and previous presidents at the gates? I think they have private planes and their body guards might complain.

        August 8, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  19. michael

    oh man, thank god YOU have it all figured out. you are so smart to have seen through to the REAL truth because, of course, the conspiracy is always the reality. those of us who believe our own eyes are helpless without geniuses like you to give us insight. yeah, man, it is more big brother and it is oligarchical, but it always has been. what the hell does what happened on 9/11 have to do with your rambling, really? i'll bet you're one of those psuedo intellectual truthers. guess what? 19 dudes crashed some planes into buildings and 2,300 americans died horrible and tragic deaths on national tv. THATS WHAT HAPPENED. not that hard for a few people to cause complete destruction. refer to HISTORY.

    July 22, 2011 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • michael

      furthermore, if a pat down at the airport or a gvt agent listening to my phone calls can save peoples lives and prevent the destruction of my country, i don't really view that as a threat. i mean, unless you have something to hide, why does it matter? is it unconstitutional? Yes, but so was Lincoln's suspension of Habeus Corpus in 1862 and all that did was help us preserve the union. Sometimes you have to do things that are unpleasant to protect the public, and while i'll admit its easy for that argument to be abused, 9/11 really WAS one of those moments.

      July 22, 2011 at 11:51 am | Reply
      • John

        OK first 9/11 was horrible but why we are waging a global war because of it is beyond any rational thought. By killing thousands of innocent people we have helped terrorism spread and become a bigger problem. We are no safer today than we were on 9/11.

        Oh and your part about being okay that they are taking a giant d-u-m-p on the constitution says alot about you.

        "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -Benjamin Franklin

        July 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
      • Osama bin Slobbin

        And I suppose your eyes, Michael, must have missed the "squibs" that shot out from the demolition explosives many floors below, and preceding, the actual collapsing floors as the building collapsed. Maybe you couldn't believe your ears when you watched the videos of the firefighters, and others, who heard first hand the many consecutive explosions. No, you'd rather believe in War Criminal Liars, and their partners in crime, who lied us into an illegal war, that murdered many innocent civilians and managed to kill thousands more of our own soldiers. With all of the evidence that has been amassed by "the 911 Truthers"...pointing out all of the non sequiturs and falsities of the "official conspiracy theorists"...it looks more like you are the one who is being baffooned here.

        August 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
      • Osama bin Slobbin

        And maybe you'd rather believe that our current sad economic condition was all due to a bunch of irresponsible peons who couldn't read their mortgage loan papers...and that they should have been smart enough to see through the greedy bankster marketing ploys...making them feel that they too could be part of the American dream....or they had better act now or never be able to afford a home because the prices will always go up. These economic fraudsters, the banksters, and most corporations were all grabbing what they could...knowing that the economy was in trouble. Investigative departments and their records of many of these pyramid and ponzi schemers were conveniently destroyed on 911. And also, if you check into something called the Black Eagle Fund that had billions in bonds maturing on 912, day after 911, you might begin to appreciate that there is more than meets the eye about 911.

        August 28, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
    • mickey1313

      dozens of piolets claim that hitting those targets at speed is a physical imposibility, without tracking systems bringing them in.
      2) what about WTC #7, no government evidance about that.
      3) what about the stolen servalence footage, any that could see the pentagon strike.
      4) what about the reckage being sent to china for burning with no investigation, when TWA flight 300 is still an open investigation
      5) why did the government spend over 100 times the money investigating clintons afair with lewinski then it did investigation 9/11.

      Only thiestic brainwashed fools believe the official 9/11 myth. Is it a wounder that bad things happen to everyone of note that speak up about this?

      August 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Reply
      • NonZionist

        It's true that the congressional whitewash was first blocked and then grossly underfunded, but your 100-to-1 comparison with the Lewinsky investigation is invalid, according to a site called "911myths". You would have to compare the cost of the entire Kenneth Starr impeachment investigation with the 9/11 whitewash funding, and even then, your ratio would be less than 3-to-1.

        A better comparison is with the war in Iraq. The entire cost of the congressional 9/11 whitewash was $14 million. That's what we were spending each HOUR in 2008 on creating what George Bush calls "the catastrophic success" in Iraq.

        It shows where our priorities lie! Just think, if we had used what we spend in just ONE HOUR in Iraq to fund a genuine investigation into 9/11, we could have identified ALL of the perpetrators while saving trillions of dollars and over a million lives (including 4,200 American lives). Maybe we need to rethink our policy of "shooting first, asking questions almost never".

        August 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • Osama bin Slobbin

      So just what did you see, Michael, on 911 when you watched those planes hit the WTC towers? Did you see "hijackers" guiding the planes..did you see them wielding power over the passengers...did you even see hijackers or passengers? Just what part of "believing your own eyes" do you not comprehend. Maybe your eyes were buried somewhere inside that grey matter that was being propagandized by the criminals in power who orchestrated the whole false flag operation. You believe it because our government said it...so that settles it, right? And I suppose it is even more believable to you because maybe you have a little problem with xenophobia or a predilection to condemn anyone who is a Muslim?

      August 28, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  20. Jim

    LET ME TRANSLATE this 2 parts for you:

    Govspeak: "Over the past decade, we have made great strides to secure our nation against a large attack or disaster, to protect critical infrastructure and cyber networks, and to engage a broader range of Americans in the shared responsibility for security"

    English: "Over the past decade, we have made great strides to secure the placement of the new police state, to protect the corrupt and traitorous political and corporate elite, and to engage in the complete dismantling of the US Constitution."

    Govspeak: "Troubling examples of not connecting the dots persist, including the Fort Hood shooter and the Christmas Day bomber."

    English: "Troubling examples of not connecting the dots persist in keeping our government sponsored terror program a secret, including the FBI sponsored Fort Hood shooter and the Christmas Day bomber."

    July 21, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Reply
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      July 22, 2011 at 11:44 am | Reply

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