Jul 28, 2003
A joint Congressional panel released a report that supposedly scathingly criticizes the FBI and CIA for failing to stop the September 11 terrorist attacks, even though the terrorists were planning their attack directly under the noses of both agencies.
So, what does the Congressional committee recommend? The usual bureaucratic proposals: Establish an intelligence "czar." Create still another list of terrorist organizations.
Most controversial in the report is the fact that the part that deals with the Saudi government's ties and financing of the terrorists was blacked out, censored. Not to mention ties with certain wealthy administration figures. Apparently, Congress was afraid to publish what everyone has known for years.
But what no one mentions, least of all Congress, is the fact that the Saudi government is not alone in financing terrorism. As a matter of fact, both the FBI and CIA support terrorist organizations. The CIA actually recruited a certain Osama bin Laden. They set him up in business, trained him, financed him and armed him in the 1980s with the purpose of overthrowing the Afghanistan government before the Taliban came to power. For them, that was business as usual. In fact, the CIA – a terrorist organization if there ever was one – worked with terrorists all over the world, to overthrow governments (Chile in 1973, Iran in 1953, Iraq in 1958 to name a few) and to break workers movements and militant unions all over the world.
Don't leave out the FBI when we're compiling the list of terrorist organizations. They have given the Cuban exile terrorists the means to carry out plane hijackings, bombings, sabotage of electric supplies, etc. The FBI has its own rich history, working with the Ku Klux Klan and other violent racist organizations to terrorize the black population in this country.
The biggest omission from this report was any discussion of what prompted the development of terrorism. Not a word about U.S. policies throughout the Middle East and especially Palestine. Not a single word about the current war in Iraq – terrorism against a whole people – which is creating a much larger reserve of angry young people, not just in Iraq, but throughout vast stretches of the Middle East – an ocean in which the terrorists can fish for new recruits. Of course not. One can't expect terrorists to denounce themselves.