that "hindsight is better than foresight" (I wish I knew 20
years ago what I know now!); but we do pay tens of billions of
dollars a year for intelligence services, which our very lives
depend on, so now the "powers that be" are asking us
American citizens to play a new "game": "Connect the
OK. How's this (I get my facts from the LA
Times, CBS News, CNN, etc.)...?
Last August, Zacarias Moussaoui was arrested on
immigration violations after arousing suspicions in a Minnesota
flight school: The instructors were concerned that this foreign
national flashing more cash than he would ever be able to
account for (translation, he was not alone) and with apparently
no history of concealing his contempt for America, wanted
desperately to learn how to fly a commercial jetliner but
expressed no interest in learning how to make take-offs -- uh,
oh, sounds like a "traditional" hijacker -- or landings -- what were we to make of that?!
Also in August, in the now infamous Phoenix
Memorandum, an FBI agent warned his superiors in Washington -- to no effect
-- about an unusual number of Middle Easterners,
including some he described as Islamic radicals, attending US
flight schools and the real and present danger of Al Qaeda
operatives being among them.
Also in August, the CIA warned President Bush,
vacationing in Texas, that Bin Laden's terrorists were
planning to hijack US aircraft.
In late July 2001, the FAA issued its first
warning that Bin Laden's terrorists were "a significant
threat to civil aviation."
In 1996 a terrorist captured in Manila revealed
Al Qaeda plans to simultaneously hijack 11 airliners and crash
at least one of them, laden with explosives, into the
headquarters of the CIA.
In 1996 a French swat team killed a squad of
terrorists aboard a commercial jetliner that they had hijacked
and had planned to crash into the Eiffel Tower.
Not that many years ago, of course, Al Qaeda-linked
terrorists bombed the World Trade Center, in an attempt to
topple one tower into the other.
And for years and years, Islamic fundamentalist
terrorists have killed hundreds of Americans and others -- including themselves
-- as in the attacks upon the USS Cole,
two of our embassies in Africa, and the barracks of our
ever-faithful Marines based in Lebanon.
To even suggest now that the very notion of Al
Qaeda terrorists hijacking US planes, crashing them into
high-profile targets, and in the process killing themselves and
countless innocent Americans was in some way implausible "before 9/11" is itself an implausible
statement...particularly coming from those whom we US citizens
pay well, and sacrifice many of our civil liberties to, in order
to protect ourselves from just such threats.
"Intelligence"...the ultimate oxymoron.