Clinton was made painfully aware of the danger this group provided, but he did little to nothing to stifle its threats. Al Qaeda was busy during the Clinton Administration; the group took responsibility for the attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole, the attacks on two U.S. military barracks in Saudi Arabia, the bombing of two U.S. Embassies in Africa, and the attacks on United States soldiers in Somalia. Throughout these attacks, Clinton did nothing to protect America or her citizens; in fact he sabotaged America's ability to protect herself. Clinton incapacitated America by weakening the counter-terror organizations, overusing diplomacy, and simply ignoring the problem of international terrorism.
No man caused the attacks of September 11th more than bin Laden himself, but it was President Clinton that allowed those attacks to happen. Bill Clinton systematically turned the counter-terror organizations to a politically correct automaton of his pacifistic, anti-military beliefs. It is this attitude of his that allowed bin Laden to kill almost 3,000 Americans in one day. Clinton also relied too heavily on diplomacy when military intervention would have been safer, more methodical, and more complete. Finally, Clinton disregarded the warnings of the CIA and the FBI. He continued his pattern of ignoring America's best interest by refusing to imprison bin Laden. It was Clinton that allowed the tragedy to happen, and now he has the death of 3,000 Americans on his conscience.
What is your source that Clinton shredded evidence? Is this just something you made up? A person working for intelligence sent a memo to her boss stating something unusual is going on and the CIA under Geroge Tenet ignored it because he was to busy with a directive from the White House to come up with a plausable means of invading Irag.
It was Clinton's fault and there is no denying it.
May 15, 2002 — The White House said tonight that President Bush had been warned by American intelligence agencies in early August that Osama bin Laden was seeking to hijack aircraft.
"It is widely known that we had information that bin Laden wanted to attack the United States or United States interests abroad," Ari Fleischer, the president's press secretary, said this evening. "The president was also provided information about bin Laden wanting to engage in hijacking."
In the past few days, government officials have acknowledged for the first time that an F.B.I. agent in Phoenix had urged the F.B.I. headquarters to investigate Middle Eastern men enrolled in American flight schools. That memorandum also cited Mr. bin Laden by name and suggested that his followers could use the schools to train for terror operations, officials who have seen the memorandum said.
Administration officials reached this evening said the warning given to Mr. Bush did not come from the F.B.I. or from the information developed by the Phoenix agent. Instead, it was provided as part of the C.I.A. briefing he is given each morning, suggesting that it was probably based on evidence gathered abroad.
The C.I.A. had been listening intently over the July 4 holiday last year, after what one investigator called "a lot of static in the system suggesting something was coming."
The warning of the hijacking was given to the president at his ranch in Crawford, Tex., where he was on vacation. It was not clear this evening why the White House waited eight months after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington to reveal what Mr. Bush had been told.
it's true. Bush was checked out, playing President. not that i don't blame Clinton as well. you could see the same thing with Katrina. during that morning, Bush was here in San Diego, giving a speech at North Island. it was on the tube. i flip the channel, and New Orleans is filling up with water. huh? this country is terribly mismanaged. and the Chinese are going to kick our ass for being so stupid.
Those aren't facts. The liberal media created this stuff and your dumb*** believes it. Now go look up what clinton knew and did nothing. here's a fact...the bombers came to florida and trained under clintons watch. the plan was put together under clinton's watch. i said before you thickheaded liberal to go read up on that and about the cole and the u.s embassy bombings. you lose.
9-11 falls on the feet of clinton. plain and simple.
Nothing will take the fact away that 9-11 rests at the feet of CLinton!
Nothing except the facts:
The revelation came as legislators demanded an explanation after an FBI memo alluding to ignored warning signs about Sept. 11 emerged. Two months before the hijackings, FBI agents in Phoenix reported their suspicions about Arab students at a Phoenix flight school, and directly referred to the possibility of a connection to bin Laden.
In a memo from the Phoenix FBI to headquarters, the agents recommended an urgent nationwide review of flight schools "for any information that supports Phoenix's suspicions" of a terrorist connection. The memo reportedly cited Osama bin Laden by name.
The memo urged FBI headquarters to "obtain visa information" on all "individuals obtaining visas to attend these types of schools" around the country.
None of that was done until after Sept. 11, after four hijacked airliners plowed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. More than 3,000 people were killed and the World Trade Center was destroyed.
It was not the only signal FBI headquarters missed. Just weeks later, agents in Minnesota told headquarters of the arrest of suspected terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui at a flight school in St. Paul, suggesting he might be planning to hijack a plane and crash it into the World Trade Center.
FBI field agents wanted to search his computer but they were unable to get the authorization.
No one was able to put the two warnings — Moussaoui and Phoenix — together in the fateful weeks before Sept. 11.
"If you take Phoenix memo and the Moussaoui note, you've got the beginnings of a strong case that should have put the FBI on immediate alert.," said Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
FBI director Robert Mueller conceded that the bureau failed to properly follow the signals.
"We did not have the people who were looking at the broader picture to put the pieces in place," he said at a recent hearing.