Originally posted by esdad71
There should have been changes, but there were not, and we feel into complacency again. Al qeada was attacking spots around the globe, not coming to
our shores. Again, the intelligence agencies failed us.
It is only a matter of time till the first radical islamist suicide bombing in the US. 14 years is a long time to get to nowhere but a dead end war in
1st, i'm with you on the US Intels & 2 different administrations hubris,
in deliberately turning their backs on the rising sabotage operations against American interests.
Here's where we have different viewpoints...when you write
"There should have been changes, but there were not,
and we fell into complacency again"
...i see it as there were changes made...intel agencies (CIA, FBI, etc)
made it a point to attract many middle eastern men, deliberately including would be terrorists, to come wallow freely in the USAs money trough...
The intent being that the different intel agencies would create programs
(like pilot training) (like language schools) (like University of Americas)where these ideological enemies of the west could live under the belief
that they themselves weren't being trailed, followed, spied upon, dossiered, by the host agency or program.
As it turned out, there was a covert cadre of extreme zealots who played the US intel agencies, right under their noses, and were invited, paid,
befriended by the clueless...overpaid...culture of status...concerned more about the retirement path... than breaking-out-of-the-box thinking,
that Agent John O'Neill singularly exhibited.
so yes, the 'above the fray' & hubris thinking by the US was a big part of how a 9/11 exercise became a successful terrorist dream