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Clinton Speculates if Pakistan Knows Where Al-Qaeda Leaders Are

Written by Warren Mass on October 29 2009.

"If you want to see your territory shrink, that's your choice," she told the students, expressing her belief that it would be a bad choice.

During her dialogue, Clinton used the analogy of terrorists taking over the northwestern United States to the ongoing situation in Pakistan, saying it would be unthinkable for the U.S. government to decide, "Let them have Washington [state]" first, then Montana, then the sparsely populated Dakotas, because those states are far from major U.S. population and centers and seats of governmental power.

VOA noted that Clinton announced several new foreign aid packages during her trip — including $103 million dollars for improving law enforcement and border security, $56 million for Pakistanis displaced by the army's ongoing anti-Taliban offensives and $45 million for expanding higher education. However, those amounts pale in comparison to the $1.5 billion per year, five-year Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009 which President Obama signed into law on October 15. As we noted in our October 28 article, “Deadly Blast Rocks Peshawar After Clinton Arrives in Pakistan,” Clinton lamented during her October 27 in-flight new conference held en route to Pakistan that “opposition [had been] expressed to the Kerry-Lugar-Berman legislation” (the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009).

We noted that the extravagant aid package had sailed through Congress in 21 days from introduction to the president's signature without a vote ever being recorded — thanks to the techniques known as "unanimous consent" and "passage by voice vote."

The most effective criticism of the aid package during the House debate came from California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who noted (among other illuminating facts) that “After 9/11 and spending all of this money, our military reports right now indicate that the ISI, that is the Pakistani intelligence service, still provides support for the Taliban.”

Yes Madame Secretary, your suspicion that someone in the Pakistani government knows where al Qaeda’s leaders are and that Pakistani intelligence could “get them if they really wanted to” is very likely a legitimate one.

However, as valid as Clinton’s charges are, in view of our own government’s track record vis-à-vis al Qaeda, this may be a case of the pot calling the kettle black!

While space prevents a lengthy discussion of this topic here, consider just a few points:

In the article “Foreknowledge and Failure” in The New American magazine for June 17, 2002, journalist William Norman Grigg observed:

In a memo written and hand-delivered to FBI Director Robert Mueller in May, whistleblower Coleen Rowley, chief attorney for the Minneapolis FBI office, described how the Bureau's headquarters worked to "deliberately sabotage" the investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui, a suspected conspirator …  in the September 11th attack. According to Rowley, "HQ personnel never disclosed to the Minneapolis agents that the Phoenix division had, only approximately three weeks earlier, warned of al-Qaeda operatives in flight schools seeking flight training for terrorist purposes!"

In another article in The New American for Oct. 31, 2005 entitled “‘Able Danger’ and 9/11 Foreknowledge,” journalist William F. Jasper unveiled a top-secret Pentagon operation, known as “Able Danger,” that was tracking and monitoring al-Qaeda. Notes Jasper:

According to Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), in September 2000 the Able Danger team initiated at least three separate efforts to get its information on the hijackers to the FBI “so they could bring that cell in and take out the terrorists.” That was one year before 9/11. Army Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Schaffer, one of the principal members of Able Danger, has stated in interviews given this past August that Able Danger had identified five al-Qaeda cells, includ- ing two of the three cells that ultimately would be used to pull off the 9/11 terror attacks. Lt. Col. Schaffer set up one Able Danger/FBI meeting in the fall of 2000. It was canceled — as were all other efforts to inform the FBI — per orders from higher- ups in the Department of Defense.

An exhaustive amount of additional information documenting the catastrophic failure of our intelligence systems to neutralize al Qaeda and thwart 9-11 exists, much of it found in the two articles we have just cited.

In considering Secretary Clinton’s veiled indictment of Pakistani intelligence for failing to  locate al Qaeda’s leaders — who presumably are hiding somewhere in the mountains separating Afghanistan and Pakistan — we must look at just how limited Pakistan’s resources must be in comparison to our own.

As a report in the Los Angles Times for October 23, 2009 notes:

The U.S. military is providing intelligence and surveillance video from unmanned aircraft to the Pakistani army to assist in its week-old offensive in South Waziristan, marking the deepest American involvement yet in a Pakistani military campaign, officials said.

The assistance includes imagery from armed Predator drones that Defense officials say are being used exclusively for intelligence gathering in the offensive.

Since superior entities provide assistance to inferior ones, it is to be surmised from the above that U.S. intelligence (as might be expected) is superior to Pakistani. Furthermore, it is a well-known fact that U.S. CIA agents are on the ground in Western Afghanistan helping our military target Taliban hideouts in Western Pakistan with missiles fired from drone aircraft.

In view of these facts, it is far more likely that U.S. intelligence knows more about the location of al Qaeda’s leaders than does Pakistan’s.

Therefore, it is about time for U.S. citizens to present the same statement to their government that Secretary Clinton has just made to the Pakistanis:

“Al Qaeda has had safe haven in [Eastern Afghanistan and] Pakistan since 2002. We find it hard to believe that nobody in our government knows where they are and couldn’t get them if they really wanted to.”


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